I remember the time my wife and I walked into a seafood restaurant, and we were instantly greeted with the smell of squid—it was just awful. One lady asked a worker, “Do you ever get sick of that smell?”
The man told her, “No, because it smells like money.” Deep-sea fishing can be a lucrative business. The small inconvenience of an unpleasant odor was nothing compared to the money the man brought in for his work.
God’s chastening often has a bad odor. It can be painful and shake us to our core. But we better not get sick of the punishment, because it smells like spiritual growth. The suffering and pain of chastening is only temporary, producing growth in our character that’s worth its weight in gold.
God may be showing you an area in your life where you just aren’t understanding what He wants you to do. Maybe you have a hard time loving people who look or worship differently than you, and God has put you in a position where you must interact with these people on a daily basis. Don’t resist God’s will. Everything He brings into our lives is designed to make us better. The stench you call your circumstances may be God’s way of increasing your profitability. Humble yourself and submit to His leading today.
I can hardly recollect a single plan of mine . . . that had it taken place in season and circumstance just as I proposed, it would . . . have proved my ruin; or at least it would have deprived me of the greater good the Lord had designed for me. — John Newton
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder