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.
Can you determine when God is correcting you? What’s you attitude towards His correction?
According to your Bible, God is just like a human father who corrects his children. If you are a parent, then you know how important it is to correct you children. You do not correct your children because you hate them, but out of love. Most parents correct their children to prevent future hurt, despair, or self-destruction. Likewise, God the Father, who understands and knows what we cannot comprehend, corrects us to prevent us from causing further harm to ourselves and others.
Solomon, the author of Proverb, was not the originator of this analogy.
“Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee. 6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him” (Deut. 8:5-6)
Even Moses understood this parental relationship we are to have with our Creator. We have to learn to control our emotional dispositions when it comes to God’s correction by recognizing that our Father loves us and wants the best for us. Any attitude to the contrary, is to be as a rebellious teenager who ignores the love of his/her parents.
If yo have ever read through the book of Job, you have probably noticed some interesting statements from Job’s friends. Not everything that they said was correct; however, there are some real gems in some of their arguments. For example, Eliphaz is quoted as saying, “Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth:
therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty” (Job 5:17). Eliphaz’s statement echoes Moses and Solomon, therefore, we know it is solid doctrine. We should be happy that God loves us enough to correct and guide us away from evil paths. Notice what King David said about the correction of God:
Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord,
and teachest him out of thy law;
13 that thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity,
until the pit be digged for the wicked. (Ps. 94:12-13)
If you despise the correction of the Lord God Almighty, you will not be blessed and He will not teach you His law which leads to many blessings. Many think that God’s law is done away with, but this ignores many verses that were inspired by God after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. God’s law was designed to show mankind how to live a life full of blessings and abundant joy. In addition, understand that God the Father is building a family through the humans He calls out of this world. Read the following carefully:
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Rom. 8:14-15)
If you are a son of God, who is endowed with Spirit of Adoption, then know that your heavenly Father will correct you like any loving father would. When you realize God is correcting you for your faults, rejoice because you know He loves you and is your Father. Humble yourself and learn the lessons He wants you to learn with joy.
Chasten thy son while there is hope,
and let not thy soul spare for his crying. (Prov. 19:18)
God is a God of hope. Those who love Him have hope in the resurrection to come at Jesus’ return as long as we submit to the correction of our loving Father. He will correct us as long as there is hope (an opportunity) for His children to repent of their sins.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (Rev. 3:19)
Be astute and wise enough to recognize the correction of your Father the one and true living God!!! He will correct you in love therefore repent with joy!!!