Daily Devotions with Spurgeon: 14th August

Chastisement Not Forever

I will afflict the descendents of David because of this, but not for ever. (1 Kings 11:39)

In the family of grace there is discipline. Solomon, turned aside by his foreign wives, had set up other gods and grievously provoked the God of his father; therefore, ten parts out of twelve of the kingdom were rent away and set up as a rival state. This was a sore affliction to the house of David, and it came upon that dynasty distinctly from the hand of God, as the result of unholy conduct.

The Lord will chasten His best beloved servants if they cease from full obedience to His laws: perhaps at this very hour such chastening is upon us. Let us humbly cry, “O Lord, show me where you contend with me.”

What a sweet saving clause is that—”but not for ever”! The punishment of sin is everlasting, but the fatherly chastisement of it in a child of God is but for a season. Remember, we are not under law but under grace. Our present grief is meant to bring us to repentance that we may not be destroyed with the wicked.

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