Accepting The Rod
Proverbs 3:11-12 says “11My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: 12For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
No one likes to be corrected. To be corrected means there is a mistake, a mistake means there’s something wrong, if there’s something wrong it has to be fixed. However people are so full of pride that to tell them that something is wrong with what they’ve done, or even who they are for that matter, then they don’t like it. People are under the impression today that they are perfect, but they are far from it. There has only been one perfect person in this world and that is Jesus.
The common response to correction is evident in the verse. The advice is to “despise not” and “neither be weary” which would indicate to us that the usual attitude is to despise it and get tired of it! However our attitude as Christians is to not despise chastening or be weary of correction; but why?
Say you loved something or someone with all your heart. Imagine if this object or person had a flaw, would you not seek to get it fixed? Would you not search for a way for it to be perfect? This is how God is with us. We are His children and He loves us and it is because of this love that he wants us to be perfect. The Lord sees our flaws and downfalls, our sins and our lack of good work for Him and therefore He seeks to sort us out.
If it helps imagine that you are a shirt on Gods ironing board. God wants this shirt to be perfect so he irons out the creases. Some creases are bigger than others so they take longer to iron out, but nevertheless they will eventually come out. You see the Lord wants to ‘iron out’ our lives, and to do that He has to get rid of the creases, and the only way to do this is through chastening and correction. You may not like it, it may take a long time, but we shouldn’t despise and get tired of what’s good for us. It’s only because He loves us.
So let me ask you today: when chastening and correction comes, are you going to despise it and get tired of it? Are you going to be prideful and say that you don’t need it? Are you going to murmur about what’s being changed and how long it’s taking? Or are you going to accept the Lords chastening and correction with the understanding that it’s best for you? Are you going to understand that it’s happening because He loves you so much? Are you going to accept it when it comes?
Don’t despise it, don’t get tired of it, just know that the Lords changing you into what He wants you to be and praise Him for it. He knows what’s best for us; just let Him work his loving work. – A.
Posted on August 12, 2012, in Andrew's Thoughts for the Day and tagged Bible, christian youth, Christianity, Christianity for Seekers, Evangelism, God, Jesus, Lord, Religion and Spirituality, Servant, Youth. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.