Through the Bible in One Year

Day 13

Proverbs 3:11-12

Do not despise the LORD’s instruction, my son,

and do not loathe his discipline;

for the LORD disciplines the one he loves,

just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights.

Solomon here is giving us some more really sound advice.  He is telling us that at times God allows us to experience difficulties and tests of character in order to help us grow spiritually.  Tests are used to develop his character traits in us and to teach us his plans for our lives.  The New Testament uses these verses to encourage Christ’s followers who experience difficult and painful situations.

In order to really and truly understand what Solomon is telling us here, we must remember that God is our loving heavenly Father.  And as our loving heavenly Father he disciplines us just as our earthly parents disciplines us.  And just like our earthly parents this discipline is not done out of anger, but rather out of love in the hope that it will make you stronger.  And to illustrate that point here is what Dr. Tony Evans writes about today’s passage in his study Bible notes:

Godly parents don’t withhold loving discipline from their children.  The more you love, in fact, the more you correct what is wrong and train in what is right.

For you see that is what Godly discipline is all about: correcting what is wrong and training in what is right.

Tomorrow’s Bible Readings:

Genesis 30:1-31:16, Matthew 10:1-23, Psalm 12:1-8 and Proverbs 3:13-15

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