THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
My friend, Christian comedian Dennis Swanberg, tells a funny story.
He was about 5 years old (if I remember the story correctly).
And, Dennis was being "testy" in a church service.
His father corrected him quietly a couple times.
Finally, Dennis' dad grabbed him up, tucked him under his arm, and headed for the door of the church.
As they were exiting, Dennis turned his head to those who were watching with interest, and said,
"PRAY FOR ME!!"
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
There's no doubt whatsoever that children NEED correction!
One of my dad's favorite verses to quote when I was being "testy" was:
Prov 22:15, "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."
Ninety per cent of all psychiatrists, and any parent worth his/her salt, knows that the adult life is (for the most part) GUIDED by what happens in our lives as children.
Parental guidance is the "hub" around which the "wheel" of life revolves.
Correct discipline in our youth results in respect for authority and a responsible attitude as we grow older.
And, what about "the child of God?"
Do we not NEED correction?
Is it not true that we all STRAY from the correct path?
The Word of God is His "rod" for our correction!
With the Word of God, He teaches us the principles of life.
God KNOWS what's going on in our lives (Rev. 2:19).
And God desires for us to "hold fast" to His principles (Rev. 2:25).
Read the Word.
Heed the Word.
Live the Word!