Monday, September 22, 2014

Still, Small Nudges!

For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights. (Prov. 3:12) 

What brings wisdom into our lives? Accepting God's reproofs. . . . 

Reproof is from a Hebrew term that means "to correct . . . to convince." I often think of reproofs as God's proddings, those unmistakable nudges, His "still small voice." They are inner promptings designed to correct our ways. They alert us to the fact that we are off course. They communicate, in effect, "My child, that's wrong; change direction!" 

These God-given reproofs sometimes appear in Scripture. . . . On other occasions the reproofs come verbally from those who love us. . . . 

All of us have sagging character qualities that need attention. To ignore them is to open the gate that leads to disobedience. 

Living Beyond the Daily Grind 

WordNet Dictionary says that reproof is one person's ability to be able to "take the rebuke with a smile on his face." 

I cannot help but think of the many times during the beginning stages of my Christian walk in which I would be rebuked for doing something wrong and walk away from the correction WITHOUT a smile on my face. Yes, I was the very stubborn and immature type during those days. I would often react in a childish (not childlike) manner. I'm confident in the Lord that many of you can probably relate to going through this phase of your life. 

Our ability to be able to "take the rebuke with a smile on his face" requires large amounts of self-discipline. It requires humility. It requires having a submissive spirit. It requires obedience. It requires breaking every ounce of pride that is capable of bringing division into the lives of the people around you. It "simply" requires that you become childlike (not childish) in your response to the rebuke. What it boils down to is that we become Christlike in every sense of that word. 

My dear friends, let us not get too wrapped up in the cares of this world that we are no longer able to feel the still, small nudge of our Heavenly Father when it happens. Yes, that still, small nudge can act as a rebuke to not only correct us, but keep us on the right path. Whenever confronted with a rebuke, always remember the above image. Just like the adult elephant gently nudges its young one, God will gently nudge you to keep you in line with His Word and the plan and purpose He has for your life.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).