Lesson 14

Proverbs 3:11-12 says:

My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,

because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in. (NIV)
Discipline is not fun.  Especially when you are on the receiving in.  Ouch!  It can hurt.  Maybe not physically, but it can hurt anywhere.  We are told here not to despise it.  It went the same with our earthly parents.  We didn’t have to like it – in fact, we never did.  But we took it to heart and learned from it.  Usually (and I stress usually) a parent’s discipline is for our own good.  Therefore, we should not despise it, but accept it and see how we can learn from it.  The difference between us now and then as children is that as mature adults we should not get the immediate child attitude that we used to get, but a humility that can only help us grow.

We should not resent rebuke.  Once again, it is the same.  It is never fun to be rebuked.  We get defensive and try to come out clean.  But from God……  You don’t have to worry about Him mis-understanding a situation or not knowing the full story.  His rebuke will be just right on the money.  Here we need to put on the cloak of humility again and accept it.

“Disciplines those he loves”????  What?  Doesn’t make sense does it?  Well, I love my children and I’ve been given a huge responsibility in making sure that they grow up to be mature adults that can adjust in society, be an example to others, and for parents to be proud of their actions (notice I didn’t say accomplishments – actions!).  Therefore, I discipline them.  When a sassy and extremely disrespectful mouth is used, give me the cell phone for the rest of the week (that did hurt her), no TV (that hurts them all), can’t attend next friend’s activities, latest toy retired to closet for a few days.  It about kills them when I do this, but it gets their attention and they know better next time.

God loves us.  He wants us to be a shining example.  He wants us to have all those wonderful qualities like love, patience, compassion, politeness, charity, and so many others that He expects from us.

Today pray that you will have the humility to accept the love the Lord gives in various ways.