In Your Bible: Proverbs 3: 11,12
As the Israelites wandered in the desert, they received harsh discipline from God for disobedience. Moses also taught that obedience would be rewarded with blessings. In a milder tone, Solomon said, “Do not do this” and “Do this.” The frequency of the “Do not do this” could make the proverbs difficult to take in.
However, whether it is from Moses, Solomon, or Jesus our Lord, lessons on obedience are words we need to heed.
Discipline is Necessary
Solomon, teaches believers that we learn from the discipline or correction God brings—and he will bring it! We must be wise in God’s ways. Solomon uses endearing words on this subject we often would rather not face. However, the writer of Proverbs speaks to us [lovingly] as children.
Discipline Shows God’s Love
What is the purpose of discipline or correction? Solomon tells us in succinct wording — it shows God loves us and even delights in us. Through correcting what we do, he allows us to make our ways more like his. If we are not corrected, we could assume that we are on our own. A dangerous place to be.
Commentators * relate that Proverbs is a wonderful departure from the Deuteronomy 28 account where Moses harshly confronts the Israelite nation for their actions of disobedience. Solomon confronts disobedience sternly yet with compassion.
Solomon uses the word “son” to show our relationship with God is endearing. It’s intended to be corrective — not punishment from God. However, all God’s children must, without exception, submit to God’s discipline.
My son, do not reject or take lightly the discipline of the Lord [learn from your mistakes and the testing that comes from His correction through discipline]; Nor despise His rebuke, For those whom the Lord loves He corrects, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:11,12 AMP).
What an amazing progression from Moses, Solomon, and to Jesus our Lord—lessons on obedience are words we need to heed.
Prayer: Father, thank you for showing me the purpose of obedience. I know these commands give opportunity for me to continue to receive your love—especially when I need correction.
* Matthew Henry, Commentary, Proverbs 3:11,12, biblehub.com.