Archive for October 30th, 2018

Proverbs 3:11-14

Proverbs 3:11-14 has Solomon teaching his son how to deal with God’s discipline. “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof”.  This is an important lesson for all of us to learn.  In giving advice to his son, Solomon taught him how to regard correction or discipline from God.  Clarke described God’s teaching us this way: ‘The word ‘musar’ [translated in this version as discipline] signifies correction, discipline, and instruction. Teaching is essentially necessary to show man the way in which he is to go; discipline is necessary to render that teaching effectual; and, often, correction is requisite in order to bring the mind into submission, without which it cannot acquire knowledge’.

So God is all about ‘spanking’ us when we need it in order to prevent sin from becoming a habit.  We should not run from God’s discipline, but learn from it and be encouraged that He loves us enough to deal with it.  Guzik wrote that God may discipline us to:

  • Expose a sin or evil not previously seen.
  • Show the nature of the problem and the need to address it.
  • Discourage previous sin or evil.
  • Guide us to the rejection of sin to embrace God’s best.

Solomon goes on to tell us why God disciplines us….”for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights”.

God’s correction of His people is a wonderful sign of His love.  If He didn’t love us, He wouldn’t go to the trouble of correcting us.  Because He does, he will deal with our sins, weaknesses and areas we fall short.  Correction is a true sign of love.  It’s no difference for a human father than for our heavenly Father.  Wiersbe explained it this way: “Sometimes He chastens because we have rebelled and need to repent; other times He chastens to keep us from sinning and to prepare us for His special blessing. No matter how much the experience hurts us, it will never harm us, because God always chastens in love

There is blessing that comes from God’s wisdom.  “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold”.  Solomon longed for his son to find wisdom and understanding.  These things sometimes come through receiving God’s discipline, but no matter the source, they are of high value.  Scripture tells us that wisdom and understanding are better than silver and gold.  Wisdom creates the kind of character and training that brings contentment and quality of life that money can’t provide.  It is of high value, and when we find it the outcome is amazing!

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