11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
With every moment of discipline and rebuke there is opportunity. The wise person knows that even if he can’t see a good reason for what happens to him, that doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Whether you are facing difficult circumstances or the rebuke of another, humble yourself and do not waste the opportunity to grow. Despise and resentment are traps of pride, do not get caught in them! No one is less teachable than the proud person caught in resentment, nothing but misery comes from despising your circumstances and feeling sorry for yourself.
“Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” What do good parents, coaches, teachers, and leaders all have in common? They push you to be your best, because they want the best for you. Why would the Lord be any different? His discipline is a sign of his love. Though you may not enjoy it in the moment, remember there is a purpose behind it. Embrace and learn from it, and someday you will be grateful that he didn’t allow you to remain as you were.