Heed the rod, and the One who appointed it!
"Heed the rod, and the One who appointed it!" Micah 6:9
God's most useful instrument is His rod of correction!
If we had no idols in children, friends, wealth or ourselves—we would not need half the trials we have! Foolish idols, make rods for foolish backs!
I bear a willing witness that I owe more to God's fire, and hammer, and file than to anything else. I sometimes question whether I have ever learned anything profitable, except through God's rod.
There are blessed and favored exceptions, but most of us need the rod, for we do not seem to learn obedience except through the chastening of the Lord!
Whatever God keeps away from His servants—He never keeps away the chastening rod from them! He had one Son without sin—but He never had one son without chastisement.
God's rod flogs His child not from Him, but to Him!
Christian, God's love to you is always the same. He cannot love you more, and He will not love you less! Never, when afflictions multiply, when terrors frighten, or when distresses abound—does God's love to you falter or flag. Let the rod fall ever so heavily upon you—the hand that moves, like the heart that prompts the stroke, is full of love! Whether He brings you down into the depths of misery, or lifts you up into the seventh Heaven of delight—His faithful love towards you never varies or fluctuates!
"Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face!"