Proverbs 3:11-12; Proverbial discipline

In these verses, Solomon reminds us about the importance of discipline in our lives.  The Hebrew word for discipline here (musar) is used 15 times in the book of Proverbs.  Hopefully, exploring the what, who and how of this Proverbial discipline will help us to accept into our lives its benefit.  In the context of Proverbs, discipline means “correction, reproof, chastisement” or even “punishment”.  Proverbial discipline is an external force applied to us not the internal character trait of “self control” or “focus”.  Thus this type of discipline can be hard to receive because it causes us to look inward, ask tough questions and change (ouch!).  There are 3 different sources for discipline; the Lord (as here in 3:11), earthly fathers and wise others.  The how of discipline is to passively receive it and apply it (when appropriate) and (even scarier) to actively seek it (Proverbs 23:12).  The promises that come from putting into practice are many; it brings wisdom, knowledge, honor and sense.  If we avoid or resist it we can bring poverty, shame, despising oneself and even death.  See Proverbs 6:23, 7:22, 12:1, 13:1, 13:18, 15:5, 15:10, 15:32, 16:22, 19:20, 19:27, 22:15, 23:12, 23:13…

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