11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
Hebrews 12:7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
None of us like to be corrected, much less chastened for our disobedience. In fact, we usually bristle up when we are corrected, become defensive, and want to justify our words or actions. And then, if we are taken to the next level and chastened, punished along with the correction, we really get upset. Having raised six children and worked with countless other children, no one likes to be corrected even from the youngest point in life. As a pastor of 35 years, I have never known an adult who liked correction either.
So do you find these passages difficult to digest? First of all, notice that the writer is talking about the chastening and the correction of the Lord. When God corrects us, we fully deserve and need to be corrected. God corrects us for our good and for His glory; God protects us from ourselves when He corrects us. While there are times when a simple word of correction is sufficient there are also times when a painful correction is needed. God chastens us with many different painful elements to get our attention. When He does, we are not to despise Him nor His correction, but we are to realize that He loves us and is correcting and chastening us for our good.
The writer of Hebrews quotes Solomon and then adds vs 7-8 that God only chastens His own children. Those who do not get corrected by God are not His children. Once again, let us be thankful for the loving correction and chastening of God who as a loving Father cares for us and corrects us to keep us from greater pain and sorrow.
Pray today for our friends in Chicago and Wisconsin who are facing record cold temperatures. Temperatures of 30 degrees below zero are dangerous to the body. In this cold the power grid comes under great pressure and neighborhoods lose electricity, as Bobbi’s sister did yesterday. Pray for my friend Dave who works for the power company and may be out right now restoring power to very cold people.
Thank you for praying for my dad and mom. Mom is in better spirits today. We did not take her to the hospital today because of the cold. It would not be good for her to breathe these temperatures. Dad slept well but was a bit disoriented. He does have pneumonia yet they hope to send him home tomorrow. Join us in prayer for his quick return to his wife in their apartment.
Have a great day in the Lord,