3 He put up with attacks from sinners. So think about him. Then you won’t get tired. You won’t lose hope. 4 You struggle against sin. But you have not yet fought to the point of spilling your blood. 5 You have forgotten that word of hope. It speaks to you as children. It says, “My son, think of the Lord’s training as important. Do not lose hope when he corrects you. 6 The Lord trains those he loves. He punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” (Proverbs 3:11,12) 7 Put up with hard times. God uses them to train you. He is treating you as children. What children are not trained by their parents? 8 God trains all of his children. But what if he doesn’t train you? Then you are like children of people who weren’t married to each other. You are not truly God’s children. 9 Besides, we have all had human parents who trained us. We respected them for it. How much more should we be trained by the Father of our spirits and live! 10 Our parents trained us for a little while. They did what they thought was best. But God trains us for our good. He wants us to share in his holiness. 11 No training seems pleasant at the time. In fact, it seems painful. But later on it produces a harvest of godliness and peace. It does that for those who have been trained by it. 12 So lift your sagging arms. Strengthen your weak knees.
God wants us to be holy because it is good for us. As we grow in “right living” we grow closer to God and we reap a “peaceful harvest”.
It is easy to look at discipline as a negative thing, but in this passage we see that God’s discipline is a blessing – a provision to help us and strengthen us in our struggle against sin. It is God giving us momentary pain so that we can escape long term pain. Living God’s way has many benefits and blessings, so our Father, who loves us dearly, disciplines us for our good – so that we can enjoy the benefits of right living. It is not because he is a tyrant, forcing us to do things against our will, but because he is our Father and wants good things for us.
So what should my response be to the Lord’s discipline? Firstly to recognise it and thank him for caring enough for me to correct me. Secondly to accept his discipline and humbly confess my sin, and grow in strength is resisting that one next time.
Lord, thank you for disciplining me. Help me to be humble enough to learn the lesson you would have me learn, and to always grow closer to you. Amen
Written by Megan Cornell