Hebrews 12:6-7 “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastises everyone He receives as a son.” Endure suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?…”
Proverbs 3:12 “For whom the LORD loves he reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.
1 Corinthians 11:32 ”But when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.”
Everything in life comes from God, both the things we consider good, and those that we consider bad. The things we consider bad, are in fact disciplines, which we should be grateful for instead of bemoaning. Alternatively, we should pray for the wisdom to understand what He is teaching us—and work with Him rather than fight against Him.
Some Christians hold the belief that God is angry and mean because of His chastisements. His corrections are always for our highest good and given to us in complete love by a Father who knows exactly what each individual child needs to correct. We must never for a moment forget that God loves us, He has welcomed and adopted us into His family, and He made bunnies. What mean, angry God would give His children bunnies, and every good and endearing thing for us to enjoy? We should think of bunnies and the welcome He has waiting for us in Heaven the next time we are corrected by Him. He is conforming us to the image of His Son, and who more do we want to be like than Jesus?
When we accepted the gift of salvation through the death of Jesus on the cross for the redemption of our sins, we agreed to make Him the Lord of our lives, and to follow Him. When affliction enters our lives, it is because we are not following Him. The affliction is to show us that we need to correct our course, because we have strayed—we have taken our eyes off of Him and are focusing on the world. When we are focused on Him, troubles may still exist, but they cannot touch us if we are dwelling in the fortress of God, in the shelter of the Most High, in the shadow of the Almighty, under His wings. On our own, we are like defenseless baby bunnies. He tells us to take refuge under His wings where we are safe from all harm. Why do we so often fight against running to the shelter of our Father and instead turn to the foolishness of the world, which has no answers, only more troubles?
Our afflictions are God’s way of purifying us–burning off the dross, so that we can emerge from the fire conformed to His image. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” Romans 8:29. Embrace our Father’s correction—fighting only prolongs it and makes it appear worse.