(Meditating on Psalm 40)
The great thing about walking closely with the Lord, obeying and serving Him faithfully in spirit and in truth is that – He will come and manifest Himself.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:21)
He manifests Himself in different ways. He may gently whisper to us through His Spirit or, for those of us who are “hard of hearing”, He may call our attention through, whether we like it or not, painful means. The latter is more aptly called correction or chastisement. Chastisement, though painful at times, is still a sign of the Lord’s wonderful love to His children. He does this to discipline us.
For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? (Heb. 12:6-7 NLT)
For weeks, the Lord had been speaking in my heart, telling me to remind my beloved husband of a specific shortcoming. Every morning when I woke up, this was the first thing that He would put into my mind, and I would gently tell my beloved husband about it. He wouldn’t say any word, but every time the Lord reminded me of it, I didn’t fail to remind my husband in return. I was saddened that he lacked positive response.
Then one Sunday evening just after worship service, and after breaking from his whole-day fast, he became sick in his stomach, moving out liquid bowel every half-hour or so, and at times with vomiting. We thought it was only something that he had eaten and that it wouldn’t last long. But it continued for days.
We were both thankful that his stomach wasn’t excruciatingly painful, and so, he still went to the office and did his work. But later on, he lost the appetite to eat and only ate “lugaw” (a watery rice porridge with a bit of salt). His stomach became bloated, he looked thinner and was becoming weak.
On the following Wednesday around midnight, I prayed for him. I cried out to God, begging Him to forgive my husband for his shortcomings and to heal him, then I laid my hand on him and cast out his sickness. Around this time, my beloved husband had begun to obey the Lord’s voice, that thing which I had been reminding him of. We talked lengthily (well, in this case, I was the one who did more of the talking) about the Lord’s desire to discipline us so that we will be pleasing in His sight.
His loose bowel movement continued, and on the following Thursday, I was getting really worried. I was always crying, praying and begging the Lord for mercy and healing. As I prayed, the Holy Spirit made me understand that my beloved husband was going through the process of chastisement. I was comforted and peace settled in my heart.
By the following Sunday, exactly one week after he became sick, during the whole-day worship service, he was healed. Just like that – his loose bowel movement stopped and he was able to eat normally.
We thank the Lord for the manifestations of His love and power in our life. He doesn’t want His children to become lukewarm. He is always there, faithful and true, to remind, correct and discipline us. I’ve always said that the most valuable lessons are learned in the hardest trials (or in this case, in painful chastisement).
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (John 10:28)
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare. (Portion of Psalm 40:5)
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