I went to the dentist this week and as I was laying there with a mouthful of instruments and gloved fingers, I realised that God is like the Dentist. It's not pleasant when the dentist scrapes and cleans your teeth (it can be quite painful), but it means that your teeth will be healthy and clean in a way that you can't achieve at home with a toothbrush. It also helps prevent cavities.
God helps us remove things from our lives that are not helpful and are sometimes harmful, just like the dentist removes plaque. Hebrews 12:6 says, The Lord corrects the people he loves and disciplines those he calls his own. Verse 11 says, It is never fun to be corrected. In fact, at the time it is always painful. But if we learn to obey by being corrected, we will do right and live at peace. Just like it's not pleasant going to the dentist, it's for our good, being corrected by God is not fun - but it's for our good. Maybe it's time for a spiritual checkup.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.