18 Chasten your son while there is hope,
And do not set your heart on his destruction.
19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment;
For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
That you may be wise in your latter days.
Have you ever noticed how much of life is being corrected? It begins when we are very small and continues throughout life. This section looks at correction. In verse 18 we are told that there is a time when our children will receive correction; those are the days of hope for them. When parents do not correct their children in the days of hope and then try to correct them in later years, the now grown children don’t listen.
The next verse deals with a man in his anger. When someone lives an angry life, they tend not to take correction. Their anger weaves its way into all parts of their lives. Once anger becomes the ruling characteristic of a person, they will need help, and they will need that help again and again because they won’t take correction.
The third verse reminds us of the our continual need to listen and receive correction. For when we listen to counsel and receive instruction, the latter days of our lives will be better. I have known sweet and godly adults who in their later years remained sweet and godly and humble. I have known angry adults who in their later years were bitter and hard to get along with. How we receive correction in our lives will matter as our lives continue.
Submission is a strange thing. We all know that we are better off when we submit to the Word and the Spirit. Yet all of us have struggles submitting. Notice from these verses that when we submit to correction, to counsel, and to instruction we are the ones better off for it. Correction is not about the person correcting me, no, correction is about how I receive it. May we remain humble and moldable when we need to be corrected.
Please pray for one of our church ladies, a sister in Christ who is battling cancer. Johanna has been coming for a few months along with her daughter and her adult son. We have gathered around her as a church and prayed, we have been with her at home and prayed, and her battle continues. Please join with us in prayer for this sister to be eased from her pain and even healed from her cancer to the glory of God alone.
Have a great day in the Lord,