11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, 12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. – Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV
We should not despise God’s discipline because it is a sign of God’s loving correction for his children.
Discipline is not a pleasant experience. It comes at times when we have drifted off the path God has called us to walk. Often when this occurs we find ourselves on the side of the road wandering why we are in the mess we are in. God has designed into our lives guard rails to keep us on the paths He has called us to walk. When we choose to drive through the rails we find ourselves in consequences of our own making and we experience the discipline of God.
In God’s discipline he is calling us back. Back to a life of purpose and mission. Through his Word and discipline we slowly find our way back to the road he has set before us.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV
His Word teaches us the way we should go. It reproofs us and reveals the error in our ways. God’s Word corrects and helps us to be restored to our mission. Finally the Word trains and equips us to remain faithful to the coarse set before us so that God may be glorified.
Lord we receive your loving discipline. May we be willing to be corrected and returned to the mission You have set before us.