“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22.
LIGHT FOR NOW: Your reality is in the written word.
From the above text, it is clear that the believer acts contrary to his nature when he acts contrary to the word. This is because his nature is stated in the word. Hence the word of God is of utmost importance to the believer’s spiritual growth and it is with it that his behavioral misconduct will be corrected. Now, a vital question that will be dealt with at this time is since God does not break his union with the believer because of behavioral misconduct, what then does God do when a believer sins? This question is very critical because many folks have this misconception that God punishes the believer when he sins. For instance, some believe that God uses things like sickness, poverty, accidents and many other misfortunes to punish a believer who sins or to teach such a believer a lesson.
This assumption is wrong and a misconception to the character of God. If God uses sickness to teach a believer a lesson, then we can say that God causes people to be sick or that he is responsible for sickness. If this is so, God shouldn’t have the moral right to instruct us his children to heal the sick. There are no instances in the four gospel where Jesus who is the revelation of God’s character made somebody sick and then heal the person later. God therefore will not make a believer sick as a means of teaching a lesson and then heal him later. God does not cause sickness. He only heals.
It is important to note that as believers, we are God’s children and he is our father because he begat us. Secondly, God cannot use Satan’s instruments to teach us a lesson. What then does God do to a believer when he sins? God corrects the believer but not with Satan’s tools like sickness, poverty etc. rather, he corrects with his word. The writer of the book of Hebrews explains this fact: “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth” (Hebrews 12:6). The word, ‘chasteneth’ here means to correct. Still in this text, the writer of Hebrews uses another word ‘scourgeth’ which implies a misfortune or to cause pain or destruction. This will be a wrong use of the word because God our father can’t bring misfortune on us his children because of a misdeed. To ascertain clearly the writer’s use of the word, we will have to examine where the writer quoted from in the Old Testament as he is quoting an old testament text which is proverbs 3:12. It reads, “For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth”. Obviously, from the original words where the writer quoted from, there is no use of the word ‘scourge’; only the word correction is used. Thus, this was a wrong use of the word by the writer of Hebrews which is not in the original text where the writer quoted. God does not cause misfortune on his children; he only corrects us as a father. He corrects us with his word. No wonder Paul in his letter to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:16 makes it clear that scriptures are given for correction and instruction in righteousness. Thus, as a father who loves us his children he does not condone misconducts, rather he corrects us in love with his word.
INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your word which you have given to me to correct me, Amen.
QUOTE: The Word of God is an instrument of correction for the believer.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: John chapter 1; EVENING: 1 John Chapter 1