10 Stern discipline awaits anyone who leaves the path;
the one who hates correction will die.
11 Death and Destruction lie open before the Lord—
how much more do human hearts!
12 Mockers resent correction,
so they avoid the wise.
The most difficult times of parenting might be when parents need to discipline their children. True discipline is both fair and painful while inflicting pain on your child is so hard to do. This section looks at those who reject instruction and find themselves under the stern discipline of God and of men. In Hebrews 12 we read that those whom the Lord loves He corrects like a father who delights in his son and corrects him for his own good. Discipline is not a hateful act but a loving act. Discipline is the desire of those inflicting it to change the heart and the path of the one who is going astray.
One of the more painful realizations of life is that there are people who hate correction. They mock the truth and seem to always run toward more and more rebellion. They avoid people of wisdom because they neither want their wisdom nor do they want their rebuke. And while I have known many mockers who resented correction, that same desire has also been in my own heart and I find the need to fight against it. You see, none of us likes correction, especially when we think we did it right. But correction is a necessary part of life.
The 11th verse provides a very interesting point in the middle of two verses about correction. Everything is before, or in front of, the eyes of the Lord. When we do well, God sees it. When we don’t do well, God sees it. In fact, God sees us from the cradle to the grave and everywhere in-between. So when we deserve correction God knows that we need it and God knows how we receive it. Let’s work at being people who receive the correction that we need and even thank those who correct us for caring enough to give us instruction on the way of life.
Yesterday, I invited you to view the sermon on 1 John 5:21 by clicking the link below. The link wasn’t working and the sermon was not posted yet. I think we have fixed all of that now so you should be able to click the link and go to the church website’s sermon page. This sermon was on idolatry itself while next Sunday’s message will be on how to overcome idols of the heart.
Whom are you praying to come to Christ? I am meeting a man today whose faith I am not sure of. Look for people to care about for Jesus’ sake. Love them and point them to the Savior.
Have a great day in the Lord,