Thought for the Day
Verse 1 – Those who love the knowledge of God also love His instruction. A teacher instructs his students and has them study a textbook to pass their exams. Good students apply what they learn and pass their tests with high scores. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and the Bible is our textbook. Applying it to our lives enables us to pass life’s tests.
With instruction also comes reproof. God corrects us as any good teacher does; bringing to light the mistakes made in the lesson and the misunderstandings that caused the error. Because good students desire to master their lessons, they value correction. We should be grateful that the Lord corrects us when we stray from His will. Hebrews tells us that He deals with us as a Father deals with a son (Hebrews 12:5-11). Disobeying Him and doing things our own way ends in suffering and heartache. The Lord loves His children very much. If we yield to His way when we do get into trouble, He will show us the way out of it.
Verse 2 – God does not send illness or tragedy to us to teach us; these come from Satan. Throughout the Gospels, we find that Jesus never called for illness or evil to come upon anyone. He always freed people from oppression and healed the sick. He refused no one who came to Him for healing. We suffer evil things because sin gives the devil the right to torment us. Jesus came to redeem us from sin and deliver us from the devil’s oppression. When we accept Christ, we experience His favor in our lives. Only those who refuse to repent are condemned, because they refuse to come to Him for deliverance.
Verse 3 – No one can be established by wickedness. The wicked are unstable, “like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked” (Isaiah 57:20-21). The righteous, however, are like a tree whose deep roots firmly anchor it in the earth and find underground water. Such a tree is neither moved by storms nor harmed by droughts (Jeremiah 17:7-8; Psalm 1:3).