August 3, 2022

Proverbs 3:11-12 God Corrects Those Whom He Loves

A nice series of verses on God’s correct found in the Proverbs today: 

Pro 3:11  My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof,

Pro 3:12  for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Whenever something bad happens to us, often times our first instinct is to actually curse God…if you think about it, the most common curse words of exasperation are taking the Lord’s Name in vain, at one point you couldn’t say those words on TV, now these phrases are showing up on network television.  

At any rate, when our circumstances aren’t going according to the way we want them, we tend to resent God as a result.

Today’s Word says, God actually reproves those He loves.  So if we are getting put the ringer, so to speak, we should welcome the discipline because God is above us, sovereignly directed our steps.  It might not go the way we want it to, but it is going the way God wants it too. 

When we need to be worried, is when we openly break God’s law and nothing happens, if God corrects those He loves, but doesn’t correct those who break His law, they are certainly in for a rude awakening in the final judgement.  

This dovetails nicely in with another Proverb our of chapter 3:

Pro 3:31  Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,

Pro 3:32  for the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are in his confidence.

Just because an evil man is propsering, we should not try and emulate their ways.  A lot of leaders make this foolish mistake, seeing the guy who came before them robbing the coffers, and thinking if they did, so shouldn’t I?  These types of sinners are an abomination to the Lord, and God will have His way with them on God’s terms, but the series of scripture also tells us those who obey God are His delight, further to our original verse, God corrects those whom He loves. 

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