The third example can be found in the post entitled Lessons from Fred: Do Your Own Work. This demonstration of God’s tender discipline is one that is often used in adult life, too. One might say it is the “First Rung” on the conviction of sin ladder. If the sin is repeated, then Father God will move to Step Two and things will only get worse from there in His attempt to bring us to repentance.
In this account we read that no one at all knew of Sojourner’s transgression and no one need ever know, if she so chose. The consequences of her act were a personal disappointment and the lesson was learned without anyone’s intervention. It was just not a good idea to cheat. The gentle conviction and correction… just between God and Sojourner… was enough!
What could God have chosen to do? For one thing, have the teacher look at her at just the time she was committing the violation. That would have upset her on a number of levels… not to mention the embarrassment of being singled out in front of the class. Sojourner would never have been able to concentrate on the other tests and the sick feeling in her guilty little tummy would have lasted more than that afternoon as kids never forget such things, you know. Teasing and being reminded by their taunts would have been very painful. No, God knew just what to do to achieve the resolution of the first time offense in a way that would not break Sojourner’s spirit and injure her self-esteem. How grateful I am for His tender discipline!
**** Can you think of a time God may have shown you His tender discipline?