Day 17 – Jan 17 – I don’t like corrections

Today’s verse:
Jeremiah 46: 28
“But I will not make a complete end of you.
I will rightly correct you,
For I will not leave you wholly unpunished.” (NKJV)

Corrections. We don’t like them. It means we have to change. It means you don’t like me the way I am. It means I have to appeal to you by changing something in me or something I do. So what if you are my loved one? What if you are my parent? What if you are my best friend? Corrections. I still don’t like them.

Goodies. We all like them. The surprise gift on Valentine’s day. The chocolate my brother shared with me. He didn’t have to but he still did. My first bicycle. My first walkman. Permission to take the car to the movies with my friends. I love my parents. That extra money this month. The discount at the store. Goodies. We all love them.

Perfect people don’t need corrections. Imperfect people do.

Tomorrow when you wake up in the morning and go to the wash room to brush your teeth, try this exercise. Can you stare at yourself in the mirror? Yea…just look at yourself. Take note of yourself. Notice your scraggy hair. (Maybe you are bald!) Notice your stretchy, dry skin. The yellow teeth. That gooey stuff outside your eyes. The foamy toothpaste in your mouth peeping out from the corners. And then ask yourself – am I perfect? This is not a sight for perfect people.

Corrections. I still don’t like them.

True. God does not like them either. But the Potter knows what the right vessel will look like. Heaven’s Composer knows the perfect melody you can be. The Painter knows how the masterpiece will look like – you. And He wants you to be perfect. We are built to be perfect. But somewhere along the line, we tend to miss the points, we get distracted and we lose sight of what it means to be perfect. That is when God stirs you back.

Corrections. I don’t like them, Lord! But if You think it will make me perfect, I will obey. I will surrender.

Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 41-42 (Old Testament), Matthew 12: 1 – 23 (New Testament). (Click here to read)
(This plan is a yearly plan where you can read the full Bible in a single year.)

Paul had a problem. Some say it was a medical issue. Some say it was spiritual. Whatever it was, Paul was disturbed by it and he wished, like a lot of us, it would go away or be taken away from him. But God told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul did not want strength. He wanted healing. He wanted deliverance. He would rather walk free than take each step in pain. He would rather do it himself than having to depend on others.

These are not answers we want to hear. We want our problems resolved instantly. We want instant solutions. Sufficient Grace and Strength In Weakness are not cans we would pick up in the supermarket. We would rather take something that says “Instant Relief” or “Do-It-Your-Way Solution”.

Paul had a problem and God says, “That’s fine. I will give you the strength you need to get through it.” When God says that, you need to realize He is giving Himself to be with you through the situation. He is willing to wait it out with you or take the bus or walk with you.

What is God telling you about your situation? Are you looking for answers? Will you be willing to settle for grace? Willing to be strengthened in your weakness? Maybe you don’t know and that is perfectly fine. Just remember not to fight him. You will be surprised how amazing his grace can be and the only thing you need in your situation.

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