Pa’s woodshed. If you lived out in the country, it was a place where Pa stored the firewood, but this was not the only purpose of the shed. I have heard some tell tales of Pa taking them out there when it was time to adminster the rod and reproof. In other words, it was where you went for a spanking. I recall several years ago after a time when I had corrected my son, he asked me why it was that adults never got spankings. “Oh, I get spankings allright.” I countered, “It’s just a little different than the way you get them.”
Hebrews 12:6,7 states
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
God has spanked me plenty of times with the “sting of conviction.” It’s that voice inside my head that says, “You know your attitude wasn’t right today.” or “You shouldn’t have said those angry words. They really hurt.” At times, I have heard that voice while listening to preaching, and it is almost as if a big finger were pointing at me, and I know God is showing me something in my life that needs correction. While it can be painful, I am so thankful that God does it, because I know it’s for my own good. Did you notice it says in verse 6 that whom the Lord loves He chastens? He never does it out of anger. It is out of pure, genuine love. The Bible tells me too, how I should respond to that love.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
May God help all of us when we feel that “sting of conviction” that comes from a loving God who has our best interest at heart, to have a response of repentance.