Discipline & Wisdom

My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loathe His reproof,
For whom the Lord loves He reproves,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.
For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold.
She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.
— Proverbs 3:11-15 (NASB)

Discipline Stinks

You know what? I do not care much for discipline. Really, does anyone? Do I know I need it? Sure. Does that change how I feel about it? Not a whole lot…

Unless I begin to really grasp the reason why.

Proverbs 3:11-15 tells us that discipline and reproof from God exists because He loves us and the writer equates that love with the love of a father towards his son. This discipline is meant to guide and direct us towards God’s desires for us.

Lessons Unlearned

However, being fallen humans, we have a tendency to not embrace these lessons and messages the first time (or second, third, fourth… you get the idea). There are times when we might even THINK we got the message loud and clear, but God shows us yet again that, “Nope, you STILL don’t get it!”

That is where I find myself on a regular basis. You see, throughout my adult life I feel as though God has been trying to teach me something. My lesson, that I just do not seem to get, is that I fail at completely trusting God. With each passing year I grasp a little more of this message because the Lord continues to love me, despite my failings.

What’s Your Lesson?

I love the song How He Loves by John Mark McMillan. The first verse starts off like this:

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.

The imagery of these words provide an intense description of God’s love. God’s love is a “hurricane.” Hurricanes are not calm events; they are intense. The love of God can be hard, but the wisdom that can be gleaned from that hardship can have a great impact on our daily walk.

What lesson is God trying to teach you? What is it that you continually ignore?

As the writer of Proverbs warns, “...do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loathe His reproof, for whom the Lord loves He reproves."