6 Why do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh did? When Israel’s god dealt harshly with them, did they not send the Israelites out so they could go on their way?
7 “Now then, get a new cart ready, with two cows that have calved and have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up. 8 Take the ark of the LORD and put it on the cart, and in a chest beside it put the gold objects you are sending back to him as a guilt offering. Send it on its way, 9 but keep watching it. If it goes up to its own territory, toward Beth Shemesh, then the LORD has brought this great disaster on us. But if it does not, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us but that it happened to us by chance.”
It’s easy to forget that all the peoples of the land knew the story of what God had done for the children of Israel in bringing them out of Egypt. Yet they continued to fight against them and against God! Our world does the same today and more so. The Philistine’s still were holding out a chance that all of this destruction was due to natural causes and not God’s hand at work. How often do I hope that God doesn’t see my rebellion from Him? We don’t like to think that God chastises those He loves and calls His children. I find myself crying out, “God, why?” When all along I know the answer is my own disobedience.
Who disciplined you growing up?
What was that experience like for you?
What comes up for you when you think about God’s discipline in your life?
What keeps you from embracing His chastisement as the love of the Father?