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.

I was driving down the freeway back before GPS navigation was a standard accessory in most cars. The freeway forked with two lanes going slightly to the left and two lanes going slightly to the right. I wasn’t quite sure which way I needed to go but they both were heading East so I went left. After passing a few exits, I realized that this branch of the freeway was heading far north of where I needed to be. By the time I realized this, I was a good 20 miles out of my way. If someone had told me that I had taken the wrong freeway sooner, I could have taken one of the exits and been back on track in no time. I needed a GPS to tell me right away when I was offtrack.

I don’t know anyone that likes to be disciplined or rebuked. It’s not fun to find out that you are doing something wrong. But isn’t it better to know you are going down the wrong path and need a correction earlier rather than later? Wouldn’t it be better to find out that the direction you are headed is going to end in disaster before the disaster happens, when there is time to change course?

The Holy Spirit can be that GPS to guide and direct us as we go through life. God helps us to navigate the paths of life. Now, if I’m driving down the road and I have the volume on my GPS to low or I’m distracted by something that has my attention rather than the GPS, what happens? I miss my turn and I hear that rebuke that says, “Recalculating!” It’s the same with the Holy Spirit. I can be to caught up in the cares of this world and miss the gentle voice that says, “Turn right ahead”. If that happens then God will have to discipline me so that I am aware of my wrong turn.

So, do not resent the Lord’s rebuke. If He didn’t care about you and your life, He wouldn’t try to correct what you are doing or where you are going.