Proverbs 6:23 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life. . .
The Lord is light and calls us to walk in the light, to live in the light, to live as children of the light. Sometimes we might take a wrong step and move toward the darkness. His corrections point the way back to the light. It is never wise to reject the corrections of the Lord, to not allow Him to reveal to us a way that we are moving wrongly. When we think that we are wiser than God, we get into trouble, and we do act that way sometimes, don't we? Proverbs 3:7 told us, "Do not be wise in your own eyes. . . "
In the history of the Israelites, during the period of the Judges, they would enter cycles of sin, be overcome by their enemies, and then God would raise up a leader who would free them from their bondage, and then the cycle would start all over again. Judges 17:6 says this of that time: In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit. When everyone does as they see fit, there is no standard. And truth, right and wrong become very ambiguous. Even way back in the Garden, the man and woman rejected the word of the Lord and chose to decide for themselves what was right and wrong. That was eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As a result, they found themselves outside of the Garden, seeking their way back to God.
Ezekiel's vision of water flowing from the temple in Ezekiel 47, a type and symbol of the Holy Spirit which Jesus spoke of in the New Testament, rivers of living water, is tempered in the same chapter with the Boundaries of the Land of Promise. Boundaries are not binding; they are freeing. Within the boundaries we find life. Outside of them we find darkness and death.
Hebrews 12 speaks of us running toward the heavenly vision of the fulness of our faith. The writer has much to say about yielding to the discipline of the Lord as to the discipline of a loving Father who desires the very best of His children. " My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
It is as if we have become lame by "stepping in a mud puddle," and we can now choose to become disabled from it by taking offense at God's correction or we can choose to be healed by heeding His correction. Let's be healed!