"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