Verse 11: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction.”
One of the challenges with introducing discipline to a toddler is ensuring they connect the offense with the correction. When a child takes a toy from another child, discipline must be prompt to ensure they connect the correction with them taking the toy. Waiting too long will just leave them wondering why you are scolding them. Instead of being corrected, they will feel victimized. That is the last thing you want. That’s why you make sure the discipline doesn’t get ahead of their ability to comprehend it. What if they never mature to the point of understanding? There are learning disabilities that do not permit the correction to wait for comprehension. Older children and even adults with learning disabilities may have to be separated from opportunities to harm themselves or others even if they don’t understand. Such is the case with our lives. Whether by choice or neglect, often we do not mature enough to understand when God corrects us. Sometimes we are not mature enough to connect His “correction” with the offense. When we do not obey His directions, He will often bring correction into our lives whether we are mature enough to comprehend it or not. This will sometimes leave us feeling “victimized”. Not that we necessarily feel like we are His victims, but we still wonder clueless why things are not working out for us. We may even despise the Lord for not making a way for us. We fail to connect the disobedience in our lives with the trial we may be enduring. Does this mean that our current trial is because of disobedience? Not necessarily, but often times it is just that. How hopeless are we when we fail to connect the two. This is something that requires maturity in our walk with God. Also it takes humility to admit that we may be receiving correction instead of just having “bad luck”. When we do make the connection, we need to do as today’s “gold nugget” says, “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction.” The next verse goes on to say, “ For whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.” He is a true Father that loves His children enough to correct them. Allowing us to continue in bad spiritual behavior would encourage us to continue practicing it.
Lord, help me to be able to recognize your correction when it comes. I don’t want to miss the learning opportunity by assuming I am having a bad day, week, etc. When you are trying to teach me, help me to be a good learner . Amen