Let God Spank You

            There’s nothing kinky or weird about the title above.  One of my Bible college professors would say pithy and puzzling things, such as, “Let God spank you.”  He spoke figuratively, but what does it mean?  Isn’t God a loving God?  Why would anybody want to deliberately get hurt by anyone, let alone by God?  Doesn’t God forgive and forget?

            There’s encouragement for our walk with God in Phil. 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”  God wants to shape each of us so we’re more like Christ for His purposes.  That means pain and discipline.  Paul often dealt with tough subjects and refuted each anticipated argument.  Look at what he said to those not wanting to accept God’s ways in Rom. 9:19-24: “Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: . And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”  Remember, He’s the potter; we’re the clay.

            The writer of Hebrews, probably Paul, saw love in God’s discipline.  Heb. 12:5-11 says, “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. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” 

            After murdering a man in righteous indignation (ex. 2:11-15), Moses spent 40 years tending sheep in the desert before God could use him to lead Israel out of Egypt.

            David saw mercy in God’s dealings with him.  In David’s later years he numbered the people of Israel to see how strong and mighty his fighting forces were.  This was a matter of pride and displeased God.  The prophet Gad came to him with word of a choice as to what God’s punishment would be.  I love David’s response.  In 1 Chronicles 21:13 we read, “And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.”  In other words, David would rather have God spank him than let anyone else do it.

            Can you pray as David did in Ps. 139:23-24? “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

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