Not Feeling the Job Satisfaction

“For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:33‬ ‭

If the job were open, would the posting look something like this?

‘Must be supremely loving, kind, and considerate. In-depth knowledge of the sciences, mathematical principles, languages, biochemical engineering, administration, and the arts required. Personal wealth must be boundless, and generosity a way of life. Ability to create matter from scratch an asset. But – must be ready to handle insubordination, violence, warring factions, constant rebellion, and rejection. Apply immediately at heaven’s gates.’

Every job has its down side.

I really don’t enjoy dishing out discipline. The small petty things are easily talked through and solved and managed. The direct defiance, not so much. But in the interest of safety, I’ve had to be pretty firm. And I haven’t taken any pleasure out of the resulting tears, I can tell you.

This verse gives an interesting insight into the situations where God isn’t feeling the job satisfaction…

Any parent knows that if we allow our children to have and do everything they want, it isn’t healthy. The result will be a spoiled, selfish human who thinks the world owes her a living.

So we hurt their feelings once in a while (on purpose, too!) with the end goal of well-adjusted, compassionate, and grateful citizens.

God deals daily with a lot more than a pouty child or two. His goal is to produce citizens who reflect the wonderful qualities of His Son. I know from experience that means He will need to withhold blessings at times, to teach patience in waiting. Or say no to a request. Or even allow some hardships to help us learn resilience and courage.

We don’t like those times so much.

This verse says God doesn’t either…

Interesting.

It reveals the heart of a hurting God – a God who would rather just always please us, but who knows that what we want is rarely good for us. So He does the hard thing because He knows we will be better for it.

Like a wise parent.

Or a good teacher…

Does that change the way you see God?

Does it change the way you experience His ‘discipline’?

Ponder the heart of a hurting God with me today?

Father, this verse so clearly reveals Your personal response to our rebellion and character development. You don’t like causing us difficulties – yet in wisely parenting us, You factor in the restrictions we will need to become our best selves. We trust You! Help us to bear the discipline well and grow in character so that You can be proud of us! Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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