Proverbs 23: King James Bible
Withholding Correction – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verse 13-14
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Withholding Correction
I wonder how many people see the two verses above, and think of an irate parent beating a child into oblivion? I mean, that is how verses such as these are beheld by the world at large these days, right?
An angry Heavenly Father promoting violence upon innocent children, is a particular favorite for any Anti-Christ or Anti-God group. Society is never short on diversionary tactics when it relates to the Word of God, and the intent behind his instruction.
I think of how today’s train of thought has been shaped concerning disciplining children. The first thing that comes into my mind, is the effect of Hollywood.
It seems like since the 70’s, any movie that wound up having a “religious” family, depicted them as being nutcases behind closed doors. Any time a child was caught doing something wrong, they’d make sure to show the parent beat the kid to smithereens, so we’d all get a taste of how wrong physical discipline is, and how wrong God is for promoting it in his Word.
It’s frightening to realize the effect these kind of things have on people over a long period of time. Public opinion is swayed eventually, followed by laws and legalities to satisfy the public. Not because anything the Lord has to say is flawed, but the perception has been tweaked into a farce.
Now, it’s almost illegal to look at your child angrily, nevermind worrying about sparing the rod. Some would say that this is a piece of the snowball effect, that launched at the removal of thing of God from the school systems.
And here we are, 2018. Crime is nuts, drugs are rampant, traditional sense of morality is all but flushed down the toilet, prisons are bursting at the seems, pills are prescribed for bad days, males have become feminized because it’s trendy, safe spaces are required to protect people from hurtful words… Good is seen as evil, and evil seen as good. Need I go on? Withholding correction has done its work.
Nowhere in the Word of God, does it tell us to do anything in anger, does it? Nowhere does it say to beat your kids when you’re having a bad day, or to lash out at children in anger. But this is how “using the rod” is portrayed.
Tell me, does the Father do this to us out of his wrath, or because we’ve kindled his anger? If this were so, there’s be nothing left of all creation. But the Father tells us to do nothing with our children, that he himself doesn’t do toward us as a parent. He does things with the purpose of correcting us.
I’ve been incorrect over several things in my lifetime, and I’ve also been correct over several things. Correct is better. The Lord knows this, and wants us to be correct, live correctly, to reap any benefits that come our way because of it.
He disciplines us using a rod at times, though not one you can see coming with a giant hand attached to it. With the Lord, his discipline comes by way of consequences for our actions, and he’s been careful to list them out for us in this book we call the Bible.
Fortunately for any whom the Lord loves, he isn’t bound by laws and popular opinions established by man. Nobody is going to tell him how to raise his kids. Best of luck to those who try.
Related New Testament Scripture
2 Timothy 3:
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
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.
Thank you for not leaving us by the wayside, and leaving us all to go our own way. You know that we’d be prone to go the way of the world. Your rod and your staff are comforts to us, and we thank you for being the ultimate parent. Help us to do all things the way you intend for us to do them, and open up our understanding to your Word, so that we may use the tools that you have given us in every situation. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Isn’t it true that withholding correction only promotes incorrection?
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- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 10 P.92 – Wisdom of Solomon
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 19 P. 270 – Chastening of the Lord
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 3 P.21 – God Chastens Those He Loves
- Daily Inspiration from Proverbs 22 P. 329 – Train a Child