Caring Enough to Correct

“And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all [things] which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.” (1 Samuel 3:11-14)

“Sorry, honey, little Bobby just won’t listen. I took him to a child specialist and he said that we shouldn’t be too hard on poor little Johnny, because he has a deficiency of some sort that prevents him from obeying. He says that’s just the way little Johnny was born and that there is nothing we can do about it.”

There is, I must say, a simple cure for this problem. But it requires that the parents stop listening to secular voices that insist that there is no cure for disobedience. The Bible would say that disobedience must be met with correction, so that the child will listen. A child properly corrected will bring much joy to his or her parents in the end. A child poorly corrected will bring untold grief and misery to the family. The choice really rests with the parents. The child who is properly corrected will bless the parents in the end, and say, “thank-you that you cared enough to do something about my disobedience.” Father, mother, don’t just sit there and let it happen. Correct your child!

God himself took Eli, the priest, to task on account of his refusal to discipline his children. And with the two sons of Aaron (Nadab and Abihu) who disobeyed the Lord, God exacted his own punishment – they were consumed by fire (Lev. 10:1-2). You might say this is a little severe, but they were of the very select few that the Bible records as having seen God (Exo. 24:9-10). Their accountability was very high and thus when they showed contempt for his commandments, they were severely disciplined for it, to the point of death.

Think of the consequences for those who do not correct their children. Would you enjoy the thought of thinking that your son or daughter was a law breaker and did time in jail all because when they were younger, you refused to correct him or her and so “gave sanction” to that type of behavior? At least, if they end up being law breakers, let it not fall back on you as the cause! But if you do properly correct your child when they are younger, then it is much less likely — a thousand times less likely — that they will end up being law breakers when they are older. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”. (Proverbs 22:6)

Do you care enough to correct?