Proverbs 4:1-4 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
“Someday son, you’ll see I’m right,” or “when will you learn child, when I tell you something, I know what I’m talking about.” These words have rung in my ears for years. My dad would tell me something, and I would for some silly reason, believe my way was better. Guess what, it wasn’t!
Proverbs 4:1 says “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father.” The word instruction here, in Hebrew, carried the meaning of discipline. It could say the discipline of your father.
What did you just think of when you read the word discipline? I know I think of getting a spanking. That’s one form of discipline used when I would not obey. However, that‘s a discipline I received for a discipline I would not obey. You see the word “discipline,” also includes the meaning of controlled behavior. The father in todays passage is telling his son, using one word; you choose which it will be? If you will hear of the disciplines, which I, your father have learned by years of practice, and then apply them as directed, you can avoid the disciplines that come from of disobedience.
This is exactly what all of life is about. It’s about learning to live with disciplines. In fact, that’s what Jesus was doing while here on earth. He was teaching the disciplines of life to His disciples. If they would learn, and then adhere to them, the blessing from God would follow. If they went about their own way, they would to suffer the consequence of disobedience. When God, in Genesis 1, created this earth and everything on it, it was all set in order, disciplined. And He said, “it is good.”
How many times do you need to bump your head on something, before you learn to duck? How many times must we see, God’s ways are always the best, before we will obey? When we do His will, follow His disciplines for life, “It is Good.”
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