An “Unpleasant” Feeling

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.


Proverbs 3: 11&12


Yesterday, our devotion was focused on seeking wisdom as one would seek a treasure.  Today we will look at the importance of having discipline in obtaining wisdom and knowledge.  I don’t know about you but I am not particularly fond of being corrected or disciplined.  I didn’t like it as a child and I know I don’t really care for it as an adult.  If truth be told, the primary reason for that is my pride; which when you get right down to it, is a sin.  Proverbs is heavily populated with verses addressing pride. (which will be the topic in another devotion),

In Hebrews 12, the writer talks about fixing our eyes upon Jesus and also enduring hardships.  It quotes our verse(s) from today in Proverbs 3.  The Hebrews writer goes on to say in verses 7 and 8

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?  If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.

Although discipline and correction are often unpleasant and unwanted, they are very necessary and are never “outgrown”.  In our walk with God, He uses discipline from time to time to instill wisdom and to mold us into the individuals He wants us to be.  So, that thing your parents used to tell you, “I’m just doing this (discipline) because I love you”, is very biblical… and God, our heavenly Father loves us even more.


Reading for today: Proverbs 3