Proverbs Concerning: Our Relationship To Chastening: Prov 3:11-12
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.
Solomon now gives us proverbs that help us to understand the proper attitude we should have as we received chastening at the hand of our Lord. Please keep in mind that the divine chastening of the people of God is not only an Old Testament concept, but a New Testament concept as well (1 Cor 11:32, Hebrews 12:4-11, Rev 3:19).
11) My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
Solomon reminds his students of his love and concern for them before he addresses this very important, but unpopular, subject.
The chastening hand of the Lord has two aspects…
1. they are warnings and discipline that is meant to reveal our errors (chastening)
2. they are arguments and motivations to turn us back to the right path (correction)
The discipline that is meted out by the Lord is for our good. He is turning us from a harmful path upon which we are traveling and turning us back to a path that is beneficial for us.
Realizing that the Lord is working for our good, our attitude should be:
1. we should not quickly brush off and ignore His discipline (despise)
2. we should not tire quickly under His hand of discipline for we will reap benefits if we endure (weary)
(Note: the word “weary” is from a Hebrew word for the harvest season of Summer. The idea is that the harvesters did not give into their weariness they would be able to receive a full harvest of the crops. If they tired too quickly the harvest would not be brought to completion.)
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory;” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
12) For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.
The motive behind the discipline coming from the Lord is…
1. His love for His people. (loveth)
2. His parental concern for those who are no longer debtors to Him. (the son… delighteth)
“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” (Hebrews 12:5-7)
When we realize the Lord’s discipline is for our good and proceeds from a heart of love and concern for us, we should accept His discipline seriously and allow it to work completely in us. By doing this we will reap all the blessings of the discipline that were intended for us.
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” (1 Corinthians 11:31-32)
By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.
May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.
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