Being Chastened

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 3

Gold Nugget
Verse 11: 
My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction;

As parents we all have had to chasten (discipline) our children. It’s not always an easy job. Naturally we want to love and please them, but we are tasked with the difficult responsibility of ensuring their training. In the process of ensuring good training we know that our children hurt from the necessary methods. As painful as it may be to see them hurt, we also know that we must hold fast to the measures. All of this, as hard as it may be for both parties, will produce the results that are needed. What can make it all go south very quickly is the attitude that our children may respond with. I want my kids to know that I am not being mean or taking any pleasure in their suffering. If they choose to resent or reject me or my intentions, it hinders and even prevents anything good from coming out of my efforts. I do not want my children to despise my chastening or detest my correction. As our parent (Father), God is tasked with the difficult responsibility of ensuring our training that also includes chastening. Considering our perspective towards disciplining our children and applying it to our relationship with God, we should take the direction of Solomon who says in today’s “gold nugget”, My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, nor detest His correction; Whatever we see in our life that may be potential chastening or correction from God should bring us to repentance and not resentment. Know this, God loves us and knows what’s best for us. We should not reject His correction and chastening. He is trying to make us into a people that will be pleasing in His sight and useful for His service.

Lord, I see some things in my life that appear to be you chastening me and I want to accept it with a humble and yet joyful heart. I know you are working out your plan in me. Amen

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