Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The "OUCH" Factor

"Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being." Proverbs 20:30, NIV

On the rare occasion that my parents had to punish either my brother or me, my father brought out a piece of belt from an old farm machine. It served as our "board of education applied to the seat of knowledge." Man, did it hurt!

I have no objection to physical punishment within reasonable bounds. The Scriptures teach the need to physically discipline a child so that he will learn right from wrong and the consequences of doing wrong. My parents never abused us, and I am grateful they loved us enough to correct us in a manner that we would not forget. We were quick learners; the strap was not often necessary, and then only as a last resort.

Solomon is not talking about spanking the kids. He is talking about the blows, wounds, and beatings that God allows into each of our lives. Often we shake our bruised knuckles in God's face and demand that He stop. He can't, and He won't. He understands, even when we don't, that discipline produces a finer product.

You can't be a concert pianist without the discipline of hours of practice.

A ballerina has to learn to stand on her tiptoes, a painful feat to achieve.

Grapes don't make wine unless they are crushed.

You can't build the house until you cut down the tree.

Solomon writes these words to keep us from a greater evil. God corrects us when we commit a lesser offense and before we go on to a larger one. To God all sin is equal, but not all sin carries an equal consequence. To keep us from greater suffering, God enrolls us in the school of lesser suffering. Like my earthly father, He only wishes my best even when He needs to act as though He doesn't care at all.

The "ouch" factor of life is a vital part of us becoming more like Him each and every day.

REMEMBER: If He didn't care, He wouldn't bother.

From: Divine Design for Daily Living, Lynda Schultz, Word Alive Press, 2009


  1. Most of the time, the "ouch" factor is the only way I learn. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Some of us don't "get it" the first time and thus the disapline continues. Double ouch!

  3. Ouch! Discipline is not fun, especially when we're not sure if it's the Lord chastening us, or allowing the devil to attack us (another form of chastening)... either way, we need to humble ourselves and pray that we do "get it".
    This is timely for me, Lynda... (rubbing backside)

  4. This is so true. Sometimes I think God has had to use something like a 2x4 on me--it's big and painful, but when I refuse to listen to verbal correction and even to the swats He gives/sends, He has to pull out the big guns. And He does because He loves me. It's never nice when it happens, but after-the-fact, when I look back and see where I was heading, I'm thankful. That's His great love for us.


  5. I still have the "strap" in my collection of memorabilia from my past. I think of it fondly–though that may seem strange. I am a better person today for it.

  6. God's "strap" is definitely to my benefit - no matter how much I dislike it at the time. If I listen, I always learn.
    Thankss, Lynda!

  7. Ooooo, these lessons are painful, indeed. They sting to the center of the affected area - my soul. And, then the healing and the deeper relationship with the Father who only disciplines out of a love we cannot yet comprehend.

    Precious pictures of a loving family, Lynda, and a great post.

  8. I'm familiar with the belt--Dad's, and the "This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you." (I never believed that!) I didn't get it often, and it didn't permanently damage me. In fact, I turned out okay. I knew my Dad loved me. I like your analogy here. I know God loves me and His punishments make me stronger.



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