I am apologetically a Daddy's girl. My Daddy has been in Heaven for almost 6 years now, and I still consider myself a Daddy's girl. I loved making him proud of me. I loved spending time with him. I loved watching football while eating cheese with him. One thing I hated though was any time I disappointed him. I hated having to be disciplined. I didn't just hate discipline because it was uncomfortable. I hated it because I knew my Daddy was not happy with what I had done. He still loved me. I never doubted that, but I treasured being in his favor. It was my heart's longing to stay in his favor. I also loved the fact that I knew my Dad enough to know what would disappoint him. I knew he loved diligence and honesty. I knew he valued hard work and integrity. If I wanted his approval and to please him, those were character traits I had to have.
Psalm 30:4-5 "Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
I love dwelling on the holiness of God. It is consistent and dependable. He never changes. It's easy to respect and adore a God who displays the beauty of holiness and purity. Because of His holiness, I know sin will disappoint Him. I know it will bring His chastisement. Just as my earthly Dad chastised me when I did wrong, my Heavenly Father does the same. He loves me and wants to teach me. The times of chastisement are never pleasant, but I know He has a purpose rooted in love. Not only that, but His chastisement will not be forever. He isn't doing it to destroy me. He is doing it to train me and to bring me back into His favor. Oh, how I treasure being in His favor! It is life! His favor isn't what I deserve. His favor is beyond what is due. It is overwhelming and sweet and good and precious! Yes, His discipline teaches me to do right, but it's His favor that makes me hunger to follow Him.
Give thanks when you recall the holiness of God. It is pure and perfect. It brings His chastisement upon us when we stray. But treasure His favor, because in His favor is life. Let His favor draw you to repentance. The goodness of God leads to repentance. If you are being chastised, remember that it isn't going to last forever. Humble yourself and submit to His loving chastisement. Joy comes in the morning.