Proverbs 22: King James Bible
Rod of Correction – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty two, Verse 15
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Rod of Correction
Nobody likes to be corrected, unless it is a correction that is in their favor. Otherwise, it feels burdensome, or at least troubling. Would you agree?
Keep in mind, we’re talking about foolishness, not someone who is a fool. There’s a big difference between the two. Not all of us would be considered a fool, but all of us at one point or another, have behaved foolishly.
Scripture teaches us that the Lord chastises those who he loves. In this arena, some of us may feel more loved than others, to the point where we may lose focus of the Lord’s chastening, and mistake it for wrath. What must be remembered, is that we as his children, are not appointed to his wrath.
So if we are indeed the Lord’s, than we can expect to be tossed about from time to time by his rod of correction. Not because it pleases hum to do so, but because there isn’t another way to unbind that foolishness from the heart of his children.
Parenting today is a dangerous world as it relates to chastening or correcting your children with any kind of meaningful force. My favorite scenario that I enjoy being disgusted about, is a school calling the state on parents, of a child who had his gaming station (playstation or xbox) taken away due to his behavior. They saw it as a cruel or an unusual punishment.
Nevermind using any form of physical discipline such as spankings, a rod, belt, or the dreaded Mr. Spoon. These will likely get your kids removed from your household, and cost you tons of money, and abuse charges. It’s just the way it is now.
However, these restraints are upon us only, and have no jurisdiction over the parenting style of the Father. The further society strays from any form of biblical upbringing, the more severe his ways of parenting appear.
This is one reason why his love for us is at times, difficult to understand. How many of us have thought during times of correction by the Lord, ‘How could he be doing this to me if he loves me so much?’ I’m guilty of it.
When we’re in the fire, we can’t tell how much further we’ll need to walk through it, till we’re out of it. Sometimes it appears that we’ll never get out of it. Truth is, we have no idea what’s going on half the time as it is, nevermind how long we’ll have to bear correction by the Father.
But the good news is, that he does chasten us for several great reasons, that become obvious as they take fruition later on. The foolishness bound in our hearts is removed by the Lord’s rod of correction, for our own benefit, not for his.
As we continue our walk with him, we need to walk by faith, not by sight. Faith that his anger is only for a moment, that his correction is for the best, he’s maturing us in a way that would not happen otherwise, and that he is doing what it takes, to make you more like himself.
Related New Testament Scripture
1 Corinthians 11: King James Bible
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 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? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
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? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
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. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Thank you for all that you do, whether we truly understand it or not. And thank you also as always for your Word, which offers us so much every day. Forgive us Lord, when we’ve mistaken ot misjudged your intentions over our lives, and have mistaken your chastisement for wrath. Open our eyes to see the difference between the two, and help us to more quickly learn that which you’d teach, so that we don’t need to be corrected for any longer than is necessary. Thank you Father, and in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever mistaken the Lord’s rod of correction for a hammer of wrath?
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