Rejoice in God's Discipline

Aug 29, 2004
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Trust
Hymns: 244, 252, 25(1-3,5-6), 517, 54
Pre-Service Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for making me Your child and for loving me so much that You discipline me in my life. I know that when You allow troubles to come to me that You do so out of Your love and Your wisdom. Still, I often murmur under Your chastening rod (cf. TLH 396:2). Forgive me and help me to rejoice in Your discipline. Be with us as we worship today. Instruct us, accept our praises, and send Your Spirit to bless us all! Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 139

First Reading: 

Proverbs 3:1-18

Solomon encouraged his son to follow God’s truth and wisdom. Truth and wisdom lead to trust that is built upon the Lord rather than one’s own foolish ideas of what is “wise.” Truth and wisdom accept the Lord’s guiding hand in life even when that includes chastisement. Truth and wisdom lead to great blessing from the Lord.

Second Reading: 

John 15:1-8

Jesus is the vine and we are His branches. If we would be separated from Jesus we would not have the forgiveness of sins, we would not have spiritual life, we would not bear fruits of faith, and we would ultimately be destroyed in God’s judgment. Even the branches that are living and abiding in Jesus are pruned. God allows things to come into our lives to “prune” us—to test our faith and strengthen us as branches in the Lord.