Proverbs 15: King James Bible
Correction from God – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fifteen, Verses 10-11
10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. 11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Correction from God
There’s something that is true about correction, that I’d bet many f us have experienced in one way or another. That would be, the more stubborn you are, the more grievous the correction becomes.
For example, say a guy took a wrong turn, and the person riding shotgun let him know about it. The driver apologizes, and turns the car around, to start heading in the right direction. Not a big deal.
Now, we have another driver with someone riding shotgun. He also takes the wrong turn. The person riding shotgun brings it to the drivers attention, but instead of taking up an early opportunity to correct the situation by turning around, he just keeps on going.
Despite the efforts of the passenger, the driver insists that he knows where he’s going. Many miles down the road, he recognizes that he was wrong. Having humiliated himself, he turns the car around, and sheepishly explains that he was mistaken to the passenger. Many would call that eating crow.
That’s a subtle example of two (out of various) degrees of grievance, in the face of correction. The more honest you are with yourself, the better off you’ll be when corrected.
Correction is grievous to those who have forsaken the way, the scripture says. That tells me, that this is relating to those of us who were once on the way. We’ve discussed many times throughout these devotionals, about the path, the way, the road, and the trail, that the Lord has prepared for us.
I believe that the first half of verse ten is addressing the backslidden, as opposed to full on Godless folks. Remember, the Bible hasn’t been written and preserved for the sake of those who have refused the Lord, but for those who want to get to know him.
So never assume that a verse is speaking to those who have or will refuse Christ. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t any in here, but just never assume. This is a great example of a verse that one may assume from a glance or a quick read through, that may be speaking to Godless people. But no, just the opposite.
If someone’s forsaken the way, that would only mean that he was once on the way. It’s believers he’s referencing here! Then there’s that troubling second half of the verse, about those who hate reproof.
Could this also be talking about believers? Could be. Not every believer is obedient to the Lord the way they should be, nor is every believer open to the possibility that they’re wrong about things. Just because someone gets saved, doesn’t mean that things the Lord has put into action become void.
If anything, when we receive Christ, consequences become more severe, because we’re all targets for the enemy, prowling around us like a lion, looking for any legal entrance into our lives.
Knowing that, it would serve us all well, to take the scriptures seriously, take heed to correction as early on as possible, search the scriptures to see whether or not something is so, and avoid being too prideful to recognize, the Lord trying to fix something in your life.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 3: King James Bible
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
2 Timothy 3: King James Bible
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Hebrews 12: King James Bible
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
1 Peter 5: King James Bible
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Thank you yet again for your Word, and all that you’ve placed inside of it for us to discover. Please Lord, should there be any pride found in us, that hates or resists your correction, remove that pride before a fall is necessary. When we’re off course, and begin new ways that take us off of the road you’ve plowed ahead of us, cause for us to see your correction early with open eyes, and not to despise your reproof. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Can you look back and remember a time where you’d have been much better off, if you’d have listened to the correction from God?
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- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 22 P. 336 – Rod of Correction