Chastisement – The Difference Between A Believer and an Unbeliever
“Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law.” (Psalm 94:12)
Nothing comes to a child of God as a matter of accident or chance. It all proceeds from God—and all is dealt out in measure and for certain purposes.
If the LORD touches our bodies—it is for our spiritual good.
If He brings affliction through our children—it is for our spiritual good.
If He afflicts us in our circumstances—it is for our spiritual good.
When the eye is opened to see—the ear to hear—the heart to believe—and the conscience made tender to feel—we know and confess that these things are sent from God.
Here is the difference between a believer and an unbeliever. The unbeliever says, ‘it is chance!’ for unbelief sees the hand of God in nothing. The believer says, ‘it is the LORD!’ for faith sees the hand of God in everything.
There are many afflicted—but only few chastened.
Many have abundance of worldly trouble—but only God’s people are really chastened, so as to see and feel the hand of God in the rod, and submit to it as such. Here is all the difference between a believer and an unbeliever—between a child of God and an infidel.
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” (Hebrews 12:6-8)