“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:”
We are told in this verse, to despise not the chastening of he Lord. We should not because His corrections come from a heart of love, not from anger. To despise them is to esteem them lightly, to give them little value. We must not callously ignore the chastening, when it comes into our lives, not giving it much consideration. Instead, we should search our hearts and also, ask the Lord to search our hearts for the reason, in case the chastening is corrective, so we can change what needs to be changed. Instead of making light of it, we must make much of it; we must soften our heart and open it to God’s counsel. At times, His loving chastisements may be preventive; so, we must seek His face. We should not harden our hearts against it. Nor, must we complain and murmur and not allow a little difficulty to bring much complaining. To complain is very displeasing to the Lord. We must be careful to sanctify the chastening, seeking the lesson God is teaching through it. We are assured that love is the motive and our ultimate good is the purpose.
Under His Wings,
Pastor Ed Bowen