These words were spoken with wisdom and reverence. The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10), because fear leads to obedience and a willingness to be corrected.
None of us are God, nor do we have His understanding, so it is actually quite easy to be led astray by the master deceiver and father of lies, satan. This is why it is imperative, as Christians that we humble ourselves and not only except God’s correction, but adamantly seek it daily. Know that He does not correct us to control us, but rather to protect us, keep us walking in righteousness and purity, and to try to keep us on the shortest rout to our promise lands. In other words, He does it, not out of condemnation, but out of concern.
“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 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? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” – Hebrews 12:5-14