Spare the Rod, Spoil the ChildA well known Biblical principal is “Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child”. What about GOD’s Rod? Have you known it?

Proverbs 13:24 says: “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes”.

Has God ever revealed some sin to you so sharply that you feel like you have been smacked? Pharaoh certainly did, and I also had one such occasion.

I had been experiencing some minor pain for a few days, and my imagination was running away with itself, developing it into a major health scare. Being so used to working hard and doing lots of things at once, I was feeling frustrated, not wanting to be confined by illness or treatments. So, I complained with fervor to the Lord, wishing that I could just get on with my life with the energy and drive that I used to have in my younger days.

Later that morning, I met a friend for a cuppa. This friend has much bigger health issues than I’d ever experienced and has suffered for such a long time. There, sitting beside me, was a wonderful person who loved God with all her heart and was such a blessing to me and others, despite everything that she has been through.

Spare the rod, spoil the child. Have you been on the receiving end of God's rod? Helen Brown discusses this at HeartWingsBlog

Suddenly, I saw my complaints earlier that day for what they really were; very petty, unreasonable and selfish. 

What I have to realize is, that my body isn’t young anymore, and that age brings with it certain boundaries not there in the past.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.However, God’s love for me is not restricted by the state of my health or physical restrictions, nor is His ability to use me for His glory. God is able to use me, even though the way He uses me will change in accordance to the limitations of my older life. Because of His great love for me, He chastened me by using this very special lady in such a special way. She acted as God’s rod.

Spare the rod, spoil the child, indeed. Have you been on the receiving end of God’s rod? 


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Born in Mount Isa, Queensland, in northern Australia, the eldest of five children of Salvation Army Officers, Helen Brown lived an almost nomadic life until she was fifteen years of age. However, she discovered books as a preteen and read a lot, well into the night and occasionally all night. Two stories that captured her imagination were: “Anne of Green Gables” and “Little Women”. Just like the heroines in these stories, she wanted to write. A learning disability, which was not corrected until she was in her thirties, meant that schooling was a real struggle. It also meant that her dream seemed to be a distant mirage. The struggle of raising five children and being a wife to a shearer/farmer in a small town, taught her a lot about life and the grace of God. During this time, she also completed her teaching degree and worked many casual jobs, in order to ensure that the farm was viable. Today, she continues to write, with several books to her name now, while still living at the farm on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.

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