The Forth Bridge, Scotland
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“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;
And to depart from evil is understanding.’”

Job 28:28 (NASB)

As I read today’s verse I was reminded of my school days. In my school days, which seems like an age away, corporal punishment was a common part of classroom life. In Scotland teachers could use a leather belt made for the purpose called a “tawse” for stinging the hands of rebellious children with anywhere between one and six strikes. It was an acceptable method of keeping the worst behaved children in order. Some teachers attained a reputation either as being good at giving the belt or being bad at it, sometimes ladies would send you next door to a male colleague for punishment. I remember specific teachers who were legendary with a belt, and everyone feared their ability – they were treated with the greatest respect. I remember one teacher (Mr. D.) who was so respected I only ever saw him use his belt once at high school; the boy in question was a particulary evil individual. Many of my generation don’t see this as bad, but as a necessity at that time.

Some of you may be horrified that I use this as an analogy of having fear of the Lord, but to me and many others of my generation this is how we see it. Many of us feared our mum or dad for the punishment they were skillful in using if you stepped out of line; one close friend knew he had went too far when his mum took off her slipper, he made himself scarce! As time went on he knew the boundary lines with his mum, to keep her slippers on her feet. Might I suggest we have a good reason to fear (revere) Almighty God, who created us and predestines our every step in life. In disobedience of Him He may allow us to be punished, not by His hand but that of the devil.

Dear reader, do you fear God and revere Him in His Might? It is not about the fear that terrifies, but instead about the fear that makes one respect and obey. It is such fear that makes one wise in their relationship with God, avoiding the evils of this world and drawing closer to God as our Father.

23 thoughts on “Fear and Respect

  1. Here in Georgia they used a paddle with holes drilled in it so it could pick up speed as it was swung at it’s target. Sometimes we were given an option of a few whacks at school or they could call my parents. We always chose the whacks at school. Punishment should be real. God is to be feared. Thanks for the morning insight.

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    1. By the sounds of the Georgian paddle I would prefer the belt!😬
      I was a bit nervous about this post in this politically correct era we live in, but I went with it because it was real to me.
      May we always fear God who holds our lives in His hand. All glory to Him.

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  2. We experienced it too here in the Philippines when corporal punishment was not punishable by law.😅 Teachers used a slender, wooden stick to whip the misbehaved. I think this is one of the reasons why students were more respectful to teachers in those days. My mother too was quite the disciplinarian. She had no qualms about using the rod. 😅 So imagine my fear of misbehaving.

    When we know God and the boundaries He set for us for godly living, we can truly live in fear of Him. 🙏🏻

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    1. It is certainly interesting hearing about corporal punishment in other countries, like Georgia in the USA and in the Philippines too. I think you are right about how it helped instill respect in the young. God bless you Deborah.

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    1. In my view there are too many politically correct excuses and terms bandied around; as you rightly say Cindy, sin is sin and should be called out. The Maranatha Singers remind me of my earlier years as a believer. God bless you sister.

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      1. And then there’s this: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3

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  3. Alan, your post today on corporal punishment put me in mind of those folks who blame God when things go south in their lives. And God does punish us, as any loving parent will do to a misbehaving child. Except, He doesn’t punish us directly, like your belt or the paddle of which I have a passing acquaintance. His punishment is the withdrawal of his protection from the evil one,and it is the evil one that causes the problems we face. The book of Job is a great example of this, or the stories of King Saul or David. All was well in their worlds until God removed His protection then Lucifer brought disasters upon them.

    God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.

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  4. Both my husband and I born in different countries knew the value of loving (we can see NOW) punishment meted out by parents and teachers if we fell short of our best in behaviour or effort. Our own son 14 at the time was shocked when his father gave him one short sharp rear end paddle smack. Together they then prayed. “I hate my Father’ the son’s response but years later he admitted what his dad had said and done woke him up and he never again behaved badly on the school bus or in any other area of life. “Thank you Dad for your love’ he said when he turned 18. Child cruelty is power used wrongly. Abuse MUST be exposed but spare the rod and spoil the child. A Proverb was never meant to be more than an act of loving discipline. Thank you for post and music is beautiful.

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