STOP AND THINK – We often learn more of God under the rod that strikes us than under the staff that comforts us. (Stephen Charnock, 17th century English Puritan clergyman)

No doubt, all of us prefer the staff (comfort) over the rod (pain). But, if we are honest about it, we would probably have to confess that we’ve learned some important lessons about life while suffering the consequences of our poor decisions and evil deeds. Real comfort comes when we respond to the rod with confession and reformation of life.

A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom. …your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Proverbs 29:15; 23:4).