'Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.' Psalms 119:1 NIV
If we want to grow as His children, God wants us to do more than only lean on His mercy. We need to start there; absolutely everything has to come from His love for us first, but equally, that isn't the end of His gift to us. He wants us to develop our character as we put His laws into practise, because we can grow into something better.
God is a Father who wants to see us become closer to the likeness of Him that He made us in. He is not some guy shouting down rules from the clouds. When we get this, His correction starts to make sense. We start to listen to His laws, to stay attentive for the voice of God that draws us into life, to see joy where we currently struggle with sin, to 'get' the need for discipline where we have no patience.
He will resist our excuse-making, our posing, and our hiding from obedience because He's painting a bigger picture. We only know whatever details are in front of us right now, but He knows how the whole thing is going to look when it's finished. We only know the corner of the room we happen to be in today, He has the blueprints for the whole house.
So what now? 'He wants them to learn to walk... If only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.' Like that quote? Get yourself a copy of CS Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. It's a goldmine of wisdom on the subject of God's (loving) discipline.
SoulFood: 1 Chron 16-18; Luke 12:49-59; Ps 119:41-48; Pro 21:1-3