Today’s Scripture: And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. Hebrews 12:5‑6

In 1981, someone stole a car in California. The police staged an intense search for both the vehicle and driver. They were so desperate that they even announced it on the local radio stations, asking for others to help. Why was it so important to catch the thief as quickly as possible?

Unbeknownst to the thief, the owner of the car had laced some crackers with poison to bait some rats. These crackers were sitting on the passenger seat. The owner and the police feared that the unsuspecting thief would take a cracker and eat one. The police were more interested in apprehending the thief in order to save his life rather than to recover the car.

When people run from God, they are a lot like this thief. They are trying to escape God’s punishment, but in reality, they are avoiding His rescue. God knows that our sins are harmful to both us and others, so He is more interested in saving our lives than hurting us.

When you are chastened by God, don’t despise His chastening. He doesn’t do it because He is out to get you, but because He loves you. Don’t run away from God’s wrath, runs towards His grace. Confess your sins to God and He will forgive you. He promises!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“… And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” John 8:11

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.