10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way,
And he who hates correction will die.
11 Hell and Destruction are before the Lord;
So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him,
Nor will he go to the wise.
Why do some people seem to never learn? They go from problem to problem, fine to fine, relationship to relationship, and never seem to realize that the problem is within themselves. No, none of us like correction. Be honest; when was the last time you really felt good when someone corrected you and even disciplined you for your actions? In these proverbs we learn about the ones who need harsh discipline, those who hate correction, and those who do not love the ones who correct them.
Growing up as the middle child, I watched my older sister and my younger brother get into trouble. Not wanting what they got I became compliant to my parent’s correction. At that age, compliancy is better than rebellion. In our years at the boys home we came to understand that there really are rebellious people who need harsh correction and who hate those who correct them. In the pastorate I learned that there are adults like this also. When you see someone’s attitude toward correction and their attitude toward the one doing the correction, you learn a great deal about their character. Those who hate correction and those who correct them seem to go from job to job, from jail to jail, and from friend to friend. They finally land with people like themselves.
The middle verse here says that both hell and destruction are before the Lord, that is, they are before His eyes and nothing gets away from God’s notice. If God sees the activities of death and hell, surely He knows men’s hearts. Satan, the great deceiver, knows how to tempt men’s hearts but the Lord knows what is in men’s hearts. God knew Job would not forsake Him. Jesus prayed for Peter knowing that in temptation he was going to fail. God knows your heart as well. If God so knows our hearts then God also knows how much correction our hearts need. Let’s heed God’s correction, apply it, and repenting of our sinful ways let us walk in God’s light and love instead.
Yesterday our family visited Yayasan Elsafon school for the blind here in Jakarta. We sat in our their rehearsal for chapel music. What a thrill to see these blind young people using their talents with abandon for the Lord. I was saddened to hear that one of the boys I met in December had gotten sick and “gone to be with the Lord.” Pray for these children and young people to be the men and women that God created them to be. There is a set of twin brothers who are gifted musicians. One of them Jesse, played piano as Stefani sang Amazing Grace. These young people brought the joy of the Lord to our hearts.
Have a great day in the Lord,