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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing.
Jeremiah is often called the “Weeping Prophet” by theologians. He saw the sin of his people and, with tears, he prophesied coming judgment. In his personal sorrow, and haste to serve the Lord only, he cried to the Lord to DISCIPLINE him, but with mercy.
If we would only pause to consider the great mercy of God as a result of the sacrifice and death of Jesus, we would beg like Jeremiah for the continual intervention of the Lord in our lives. The intervention Jeremiah asked for was discipline. He said “Discipline me Lord.” What was he saying? I believe he saw the sin of the people, based on their outrageous and abhorrent lifestyles against the rule of God. And Jeremiah saw God’s discipline as his only recourse to bridle his own passions. However, because of the judgment coming on his fellow countrymen, he asked the Lord to discipline him with mercy, otherwise he would be obliterated. I certainly can’t speak for you, but with Jeremiah here’s what I’m saying this AM … “Lord, I Need Discipline With Mercy!”
My cry this AM is simply, “Lord have mercy on me a sinner.” I long for nothing more than Your discipline with mercy. Amen