May 16, 2020
Godly Discipline, Correction, and Instruction
Proverbs 3:11-12 (KJB) My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
God chastises His children. But, apart from how this correction looks in this world, His chastisement is a good and necessary thing. A child of God expects to be corrected, instructed, and directed by God for his or her greater good and spiritual state of health.
This scripture verse details a conversation between a father and his son. This ancient lesson serves as a godly example, then and today for heeding God, in successfully rearing children, and when facing others who are in a position of leadership and authority in this world.
So many times, a person can only see correction as an overstepping of personal bounds. Or as an unnecessary redirection. However, each of us must fall under the authority of God and others. Yes, a sincere child of God dwells under the leading of God, and secondly, a person placed in a commanding position in this world. Examples of earthly authority can include parents, teachers, parents, police, and such who all fall under the headship of God, whether they acknowledge that alignment or not.
Godly discipline, correction, and instruction are vital to the spiritual, physical, and mental health of every individual. These verses direct us to welcome and apply His brand of character-building exercises, even when they cause us temporary pain and discomfort we are to delight in God’s ways.
If God did not love us and care for us He would allow us to “do our own thing” rather than desire to lead us, correct us, and direct us to humble ourselves before Him. And, yes, God works through every leadership position established in this world (whether they be good or evil) to bring about His will and way.
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The Gordons have authored several devotional books: Looking Through the Glass Darkly, Some Trust in Chariots, Growing in Grace and Knowledge, Woman of Grace and their latest, Walk Worthy. There is a free study guide companion for Walk Worthy available on their website.