Proverbs 3: 2020 Bible Challenge

Devotional Text and Meditation for the Day

Neal Luebbers

Proverbs 3:11

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
    or be weary of his reproof,

 Proverbs 3:1-10 urges us to be faithful in holding onto/keeping to: teaching/commandments (v. 1), kindness/truth (v. 3), trust in the Lord (v. 5), fear of the Lord (v. 7), and honoring the Lord (v. 9).  We are further encouraged that when we remain faithful in these areas, wisdom will be gained through the rewards of:  long life & peaceful existence (v. 2), favor & good repute (v. 4), straight paths (v. 6), healing & refreshment (v. 8), and overflowing blessings (v. 10).  However, verses 11-12 tell us that wisdom is not only gained through the rewards of faithfulness, but also through receiving discipline for our many acts of unfaithfulness.  In seeking to understand this discipline, it will be most helpful for us to look at Hebrews 12:5-11. It is here that we are able to see how our unfaithfulness, the discipline of the Lord that follows, and our endurance of that discipline plays out to conclusion! 

We are often quick to reject discipline from the Lord, because we fail to view it rightly.  When we read and meditate upon these verses within Hebrews, we are confronted with the encouraging truths that:  “God is treating us as sons” (v. 7), “He disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness” (v. 10), and that His discipline “yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (v.11).  Now connect this truth with the warning from Proverbs 3:11 to not “reject” His discipline or “loathe” His reproof.  When we walk away from the Lord’s discipline, when we fail to endure it, when we refuse to be trained by it, we miss the loving blessings of the Father given to help His children grow!  As you meditate upon these verses today, evaluate the role of God’s discipline in your life.  Are you pushing away counsel and discipline?  Are you walking away from it, refusing to learn anything from it?  Or are you enduring and embracing His Fatherly discipline and reproof?

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