Our verse selected today has both an instruction and a promise from God. It was written by King Solomon and is the inspired Word of God given to us for guidance and training. The writer of the Book of Hebrews (Hebrews 12:5-6) included these same words when he quoted them into the letter he wrote. It is easy for us, when we are facing trials to overestimate their severity in our lives. It is the old “the devil made me do it” ploy to avoid responsibility for things we have done. The writer of Proverbs 3 knew the value of discipline from God our Father. He reminds his own son that God reproves us for attitudes and actions which are not honoring to God. Discipline in our lives may well come as a trial and we are better if we examine our lives. This is because discipline and reproof is confirmation of God’s love for us. Our fathers are or were not perfect in all this as God is but we can understand the standard set here. Just as our earthly father might have corrected our behavior out of love for us, so God our Father does as well.
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