11 My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. ~Proverbs 3:11-12
Ever wonder why other people seem to be able to get away with just about anything, while you, on the other hand, can’t seem to get away with the smallest transgression? Believe it or not, if this is a description of you, the Bible says you are blessed. One of the principle means by which God demonstrates His love towards you is that He corrects you and the more vigilant in His correction the more He is delighting in you.
There is a clear warning here, because we are all human and our default setting is a disdain for correction. The author is admonishing us to accept God’s correction in our lives, recognizing it as His expression of love. We desperately need correction if we are going to be what God has called us to be. Correction can come in many shapes in forms. With the promise of Romans 8:28 we become aware that God is actively working ALL things for our benefit, for the purpose of conforming us to the image of Christ. This phrase “conform us to the image of Christ” should ring bell with us, because it points us back to creation when God said He was going to create mankind in His own image. God, in a sense, is herding us back to meaningful existence, to live within the grand, fulfilling, and joyful purpose we were created to enjoy.
Those two words “ALL things” means that God has a large highway with many lanes by which He may bring correction into our lives. There are times He may use civil authority, or the loving correction of a dear friend, or a passage within the Bible, or a sermon, or even the harsh accusation of an enemy. Truly “ALL” things means all things. Part of Christian maturity is coming to a place where we are receptive to correction by whatever means God chooses to speak to us. We should be a reflective people, ever striving to be responsive to the nudging of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives, looking learn, desiring to change, and yearning to reflect the image of our Creator, our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ.
As was mentioned in the beginning, God’s correction is not act of anger, but an act of divine love for His children. This point is worth repeating, because in the middle of it we may not feel like we are being loved on. We may feel we are in God’s proverbial dog house, but in reality we are securely held fast within His loving arms. There is no shame here, only God’s love for us and an assurance that He is watchfully at work in our daily affairs. It is God’s declaration of ownership and affection. He is saying to all, “This one is Mine, I must not let him stray.” Many of us due to imperfect parents may have a warped view of correction, but God is perfect and as a result His correction comes with the distinct purpose of building and blessing you. There is no vengeance or spite mingled with administrations and He takes no pleasure in your discomfort. He is simply doing what He must, so that He might bring you into His best, and ultimate purpose for your life. He desires to bring you to the exact center of His will, which is the perfect center of His blessing.
Take heart Christian God truly loves you!
God Bless You,