"My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
"God can, and will, bring about His desires in us—one way or another. At times He may even use those around us to carry out His desire. As Hannah Whitall Smith writes:
'A very good illustration of this may be found in the familiar act of a mother giving medicine to her dearly loved child. The bottle holds the medicine, but the mother gives it—the bottle is not responsible, but the mother. No matter how full her closet may be of bottles of medicine, the mother will not allow one drop to be given to the child unless she believes it will be good for it; but when she does believe it will be good for her darling, the very depth of her love compels her to force it on the child, no matter how bitter it may taste.
The human beings around us are often the bottles that hold our medicine, but it is our Father’s hand of love that pours it out and compels us to drink it. The medicine that these human “bottles” hold is prescribed for us and given to us by the Great Physician of our souls—who is seeking thereby to heal all our spiritual diseases. Shall we rebel against the human bottles then? Shall we not rather take thankfully from our Father’s hand the medicine they contain and say joyfully, “Thy will be done” in everything that comes to us, no matter what its source may be?'
What wonderful medicine to keep in mind the next time we find ourselves rubbed the wrong way! Perhaps, keeping today’s text in mind, we will find it was for our own good!"
Lord, help me to remember that you have my best interest at heart and that "All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose." (that's me) Romans 8:28