My son is three. He is a wonderful boy. He likes trains and animals (chickens are his favorite, followed very closely by our cats and dog). I have often been told that one’s children teach many things, and tonight my son taught me something about the love and discipline of God. In the book of Hebrews chapter 12v 5,6, we are reminded about how it is that God treats us as his children, “And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”
My son has always been a good sleeper, but the past few nights he has been staying up for some unknown reason. I have faithfully been putting him back to bed, and tonight I had a talk with him about discipline. The thrust of the conversation was that I discipline him because one day God will. I told him to go to sleep and left.
A few minutes later, I heard a rustling at his door. I stand right outside it, and as he opens it, he see’s me and drops his flashlight and jumps in bed. I follow quickly behind him. As soon as I sit on the bed, he finds me in the dark and says, ” I love you Da-Da,” while cuddling into my arms. The world seemed to freeze. A Bible verse came to mind, ” If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) and I thought to myself, this must be how it is with God, our Father. He tells us what to do, and as soon as we think he isn’t looking… we do our own thing. He comes in and we rush back into doing the right thing, but He knows everything that happened. When God comes near as his children we rush to him crying out, I love you Daddy. I believe that God, through the scriptures says what I said to my son, If you love me, obey me; I love you, son, I want what is best for you. God could have revealed himself in any number of rolls and ways, but one of the primary ways was as Father, and Hebrews reminds us that we are sons. God disciplines us, for the same reason I discipline my boy, to conform our hearts to Christ.