Spiritual Disciplines: The habit of accepting discipline. (@longingtobeholy)

Ok, so I’m going out on a limb here. It’s a pretty short post from me, and I’d welcome feedback, because I’m really not sure.

Image2But I read Nahum and it’s a bit brutal. But it’s brutal for a reason. This is judgment. And I suppose you could argue that in one sense this isn’t discipline at all. You could argue that discipline must allow for a change in the behaviour or character of the person being disciplined. And if you’ve been dashed to pieces, your chances of turning over a new leaf are somewhat reduced. But the people in Nahum have fallen short, and are on the receiving end of a just response. And that gets me thinking. I find myself wondering if there’s any room in our lives for accepting God’s discipline. I love grace, and it certainly meets a need, but I’d rather not think too much about discipline (though there’s definitely a need for that, too!).

Do you think God disciplines us today? Of course, go too far down this line, and you find yourself shoulder to shoulder with the famous trolls at Westboro Baptist, who assure us that pretty much every ill is a direct result of God’s discipline. (Which reminds me of Jesus’ somewhat dismissive comment following the death of some people when a tower collapsed on them).

Yes, the discipline in Nahum seems predominantly to be final, and that in itself is a warning for us to heed. But does discipline still happen today?  Discipline that demands a response of us?  And, for those of us in the digital world, how do we accept that discipline and how might it be transmitted?

About Nick Parish

Nick is a stay at home Dad who’s slowly learning that this fact doesn’t need to be justified by adding things like, ‘I’m writing a book’, and ‘I’m a Special Constable with Derbyshire Police’ (though both these facts are true…) He is heavily outnumbered by girls during term time, living in a boarding school in the Midlands. He grew up (ish) in Pakistan, returning to England at the age of 14. Though he’s happy to think of both places at home, he keeps reminding himself that he’ll never really be home this side of eternity. He is married to Anna, who runs the boarding house in which they live, and they have two boys, Joshua and Luke. He blogs at longingtobeholy.wordpress.com and Tweets @longingtobeholy