August 14 Chastening
“Despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint
when thou art rebuked of Him.” Hebrews 12:5
It is very easy to quench the Spirit; we do it by despising the
chastening of the Lord, by fainting when we are rebuked by Him. If we have only
a shallow experience of sanctification, we mistake the shadow for the reality,
and when the Spirit of God begins to check, we say – oh, that must be the
Never quench the Spirit, and do not despise Him when He says to you –
“Don't be blind on this point any more; you are not where you thought you were.
Up to the present I have not been able to reveal it to you, but I reveal it
now.” When the Lord chastens you like that, let Him have His way. Let Him
relate you rightly to God.
“Nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him.” We get into sulks with God and
say – “Oh, well, I can't help it; I did pray and things did not turn out right,
and I am going to give it all up.” Think what would happen if we talked like
this in any other domain of life!
Am I prepared to let God grip me by His power and do a work in me that
is worthy of Himself? Sanctification is not my idea of what I want God to do
for me; sanctification is God's idea of what He wants to do for me, and He has
to get me into the attitude of mind and spirit where at any cost I will let Him
sanctify me wholly.