David says in Psalm 141 verse 5:
5 Let the righteous strike me;
It shall be a kindness.
And let him rebuke me;
It shall be as excellent oil;
Let my head not refuse it.
For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
Asking God that some one would strike us and rebuke us, and saying it is a kindness and like excellent oil, seem like an odd prayer when our human nature is repelled by being struck and rebuked. It likes comfort and ease, to be stroked, praised and receive accolades.
However if we are serious about growing and maturing and being all God wants us to be, we should like David welcome the “strike”of the righteous and his “rebuke”. Our prayer should be:
” Lord anything I don’t see in my life that needs to change, go or grow, please make it clear to me whatever way you chose, and through whoever you chose, even if it comes as a “strike”, a “rebuke” from some one, something that hurts.”.
Because the truth is, the long term pain and damage of immaturity that is undealt with in our lives, is far greater than the short term pain of a “strike” or “rebuke”, through which we can adjust our lives, our behaviour and grow.
The…..short term pain is well worth the long term gain.