My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth” (Proverbs 3:11-12).
Today’s Morsel: How many of you have ever been spanked by the Lord? Well, I can tell you that I have. About six years after I came into the church, I was sitting in a service and I began to laugh at a friend in church because it looked as though he was getting a spanking. He saw me laughing and said to me afterward, “You just wait until God gets a hold of you.” Well, during that evening service, when I went to the altar, it was if God had me by the arm giving me a good old-fashioned spanking. I really could feel it on my backside. I was trying to leap higher than the licks like I used to do with my natural father, but to no avail. I could see my friend and another sister laughing at me. Looking back, I now can see that my Heaven Father was correcting me for my wrong. Paul said, “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: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness” (Hebrews 12:5-10). If we spare the rod, we spoil the child. Receive the correction God gives you and be thankful that He loves you.
Sing: Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak by He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me, for the Bible tells me so.
Thought For Today: Spare the rod, spoil the child.