When I read this verse in Proverbs this morning, I immediately thought of this verse in Hebrews 12 “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
If we had a choice and could skip the discipline and head straight for the righteousness and peace, I’m guessing most of us would take it. But growth doesn’t happen when we attempt to avoid seasons of discipline, it only prolongs the healing process.
Our faith grows best in the midst of discipline but only if we are willing to submit to where it desires to lead us. And, you can be sure of this, discipline’s journey has only one destination in mind, one road it desires for us to seek out and find. The road to Calvary.
God chooses to discipline us and correct us for one reason: To bring us to our knees at the foot of the cross in humble gratitude and complete dependence.
Perhaps you are standing at the crossroads today. Maybe you are tempted to turn around and run away in the other direction or take the road less scary. I am reminded of these words from one of my favorite Third Day songs.
So I’m off to follow in your steps
It won’t be easy it’s safe to say
There are only two roads I can walk on down
The one less traveled is the one You paved.
Take this road. There is more freedom and more peace than you ever thought possible waiting for you at the end of it!