Proverbs 19: King James Bible
Chastening of the Lord – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter nineteen, Verse 18
18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Chastening of the Lord
This is a piece of advice that many parents ignore (in part) these days. It seems that raising a child, and giving discipline or chastening when it was necessary, was the norm for the past several thousand years or so. Well, until the past 40 years.
Now you can either go to jail or have your children taken away from you if you use a form of discipline that the local governmental body disagrees with. I don’t mean beating kids, I’m talking Biblical chastening. Never mind that, I’ve heard outrageous tales of people having issues with the state, for taking away X-Boxes or cellphones as a form of punishment.
Done correctly, God’s way always works better than the ways of man, and the chastening of children is no different. As harsh as it may seem, there are several reasons that the Lord instructs us to discipline our children, in the manner that he instructs us to.
An unexpected reason, is that it is the same method that he uses on us! He chastens his children while there is still hope. He does not spare for our crying about it either.
Think about his Word for a moment. Many of the commandments that he gives, from the greatest to the least, are all given to us as a parent instructs household rules to their children.Most of the time, it is an ultimatum. You do this and that will happen. But, if you don’t do that, then this will happen.
Most of those don’t require for him to punish us himself, but simply steps back, and allows the repercussions of whatever the offense is to happen naturally. He does this so that we learn a couple of things.
First, hopefully a lesson like not to do it again. Second would be the hope that you repent from whatever it is that caused for him to step back in the first place. He knows that he is fully able to pick up the pieces, and get you out of the other side stronger in him than you went in.
Our own choices tend to get the best of us in trouble with the Lord. For us who are saved, we are without excuse. We have the Word of God available in every kind of format known to man.
A parent will not chasten a child for breaking a rule that they didn’t know about in the first place (I’m talking about kids old enough to know better, not toddlers).Typically, it stands to reason that if they do so, they are instructed not to do it again, thus making a new rule.
But, after that new rule is broken, then it’s chastening time, and hopefully, the child learns not to repeat the offense. If the child obeys the rule, then there isn’t a problem.
Well, we can actually watch this unfold through the scriptures, as things change for mankind from Adam and Eve, the flood, to Moses, then to Christ. It’s pretty fascinating to watch when you read through it with that in mind.
The commandments of the Father don’t help him out in any way, shape, or form. But it is because he loves us that he chastens us, and has given us clear instruction, concerning our walk with him through this world.
He doesn’t want to lose us to his enemy, Satan. His will is that none should perish, but that being said, shouldn’t we at least try to find out through his Word, how we may be breaking some rules that might be hindering our lives, as well as our own walk in Christ?
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 11: King James Bible
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
Hebrews 12: King James Bible
5 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: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Hebrews 12: King James Bible
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Revelation 3: King James Bible
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Thank you for your instruction, and for the care you’ve put into making sure that your Word endures forever, so that we can learn from it and live by it. Thank you for being the perfect example of a Father, and for caring enough for us, that you at times, do whatever it takes, to cause for us to grow in you, and avoid traps from the enemy that may have otherwise driven us to ruin. Forgive us for being a rebellious people at times, and teach us to be more obedient to all of your will. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever mistaken an attack by the enemy as being the chastening of the Lord?
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