When I was growing up, “The Wooden Spoon” was a dreaded utensil in the kitchen drawer. That wooden spoon represented a great deal of things to me; none of which were enjoyable. You see, my mother used the wooden spoon to apply correction to my seat of education when necessary. I would like to tell you it wasn’t necessary that often, but I have such vivid memories of it, that I imagine I saw it more than I would like to admit. In all seriousness, I am so thankful for my mother’s wooden spoon, and her willingness to use it properly on my behalf.
To this day I have no problem with showing respect for police officers, teachers, pastors, and other leaders I am under. That all came because I had parents that were willing to love me enough to discipline me when I misbehaved! I know that sounds like a crazy statement in the days we are living, but I want to show you where my parents learned this great teaching technique. “The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. Blessed in the man whom Thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of Thy law” (Psalm 94:11-12).
There are a number of things that got my attention with these verses today. First, I still do not like to be disciplined, but I continue to need it. If left to my own plans, I would make a mess of things. My own thoughts really are vanity. If God left me alone and I had to live with all my choices without His help, I would be in trouble, and so would you. I am thankful that when I am preparing to make a wrong decision, or a wrong move, that God loves me enough to stop me … to chasten me if necessary … to keep me on the right path.
The second thing I noticed in these verses is that it says clearly, “Blessed is the MAN whom Thou chastenest …” We often think that once we reach a certain age that the “spankings” stop. I am thankful that when I am going the wrong way today as a middle-aged (or old depending on how you look at me) man, that God is still willing to work on me. God still disciplines me to keep me on the right path. I wish that when I was a younger man I would have learned all the lessons I needed to learn, but I am still learning as I go today. I am thankful that God has not given up on me!
Rather than complaining about the discipline of your loving Heavenly Father; go to the drawer for the wooden spoon and thank God for continuing to love you so much. Thank Him today for helping you to walk in the center of His will. There’s no place like it!