My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NLT)
Once a father corrects his child, the son or daughter faces a choice. How will they respond to the reprimand: by resistance or by repentance?
God demonstrates his love by disciplining his children. Discipline means “to teach and to train.” Discipline sounds negative to many people because some disciplinarians are not loving. But God is the source of all love. He doesn’t punish us because he enjoys inflicting pain but because he is deeply concerned about our development. He knows that in order to become morally strong and good, we must learn the difference between right and wrong. His loving discipline enables us to do that.
To ask God to refrain from giving us discipline would be to ask Him to love us less.
It’s sometimes difficult to know when God has been disciplining us until we look back on the situation. Not every calamity comes directly from God, of course. But if we rebel against God and refuse to repent when God has identified some sin in our lives, he may use guilt, crises, or bad experiences to bring us back to him. Sometimes difficult times come even when we have no flagrant sin. Then our response should be patience, integrity, and confidence that God will show us what to do.
The Lord loves us regardless of who we are and what we do. But He loves us so much, He doesn’t want to leave us the way we are. If we humble ourselves and receive His discipline and correction, we grow up. If we don’t, we set ourselves back just that much more. We control our rate of spiritual growth, God doesn’t.
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary
Holman Old Testament Commentary
NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible