In this day and age folk don’t want to accept the fact that God will chastise anyone. After all, He is a God of love, ‘they’ say. When I’m told that, I immediately know I’m speaking with someone who knows not their Bible. In our verse today, God says, “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth” (Proverbs 3:11,12). So, if I were of the God is only loving crew, I would be worried. Scripture says the Lord loves those He corrects.
Sadly, a lot of children grow up with the nurture of a weed; rather than, a finely cultivated flower. When I was younger the popular saying, when your parents were about to punish you, was ‘this will hurt me more than you’. I say baloney!!! I am still not convinced. Instead it should have been, I don’t get pleasure from this, but it is meant to correct you. My parents corrected me because they loved me (I didn’t believe it back then).
When I was a teen my mother complained that it hurt her hand to hit me anymore. Weightlifting was paying off! She told my grand mom it hurt and dear old Nan bought her a gag gift called heat for the seat. It was an inch thick paddle embellished with a young lad’s buttocks on fire from getting hit by this archaic weapon. Only one problem- mom never heard it was a gag gift. Once I told my Nan I wish she never bought that thing as it hurt. Well, let me tell you that started WW III between mother and daughter. I can hear Nan now yelling at my Mom. “How dare you use that on my grandson….” To be fair, there were times I warranted it.
Just as our parents have tightened us up, so does the Father to those He loves. The Bible is replete with examples of this. One only has to look at the life of David and the correction he endured at the hands of the Father. Remember God called David, in Acts 13:22 “… a man after mine own heart….)” David was loved of the Father; otherwise God would not have bothered with him.
For many years, as a growing Christian, I endured troubles that I often asked the Lord to remove. There were times when I told God I couldn’t take anymore and if this was what being a Christian was-I wasn’t sure I wanted it. Having weathered these storms, I can look back on them and see a loving Father molding me through correction. If I had listened to God, the storms may have passed much sooner. But through it all I learned that Jesus loves me yes He does, ‘cause the Bible tells me so…(vs. 12).