(Pro 26:3 KJV) A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.
What will it take for you to obey? Maybe you don’t have trouble with it. That is good but it is much more common for people to find ways around what God wants for us. Solomon picks three common sights that people in his day would see. Each one is doing the bidding of someone else. Only the ruling classes could afford horses. Only the comfortable could support a donkey. Only the most desperate would hire a fool. All needed to be controlled. None were of use when left to their own devises.
We don’t see it in this chapter but a more common title for the obedient is son or faithful servant. Even they need correction at times.
So? Has God been trying to get your attention? Ask yourself if you are responding like a horse, a donkey, a fool or an obedient child. The day will come when Satan and his followers will be cast into the lake of fire. I like to think that correction now is better than destruction then.