This is what God gave me today in His word:
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (Hebrews 12:4-7)
God will discipline us when we do wrong. Not because he’s cruel, just the opposite, because He loves us. He doesn’t like seeing us falling back into a pattern of sin, and so will stop us, and give us a little reminder that that’s the wrong way to go. He gives us the “reminder”, by disciplining us. The discipline could be something as dramatic as actual death; such as when the Corinthians were mistreating the communion [See: 1 Corinthians 11:29-30], or it could be something else entirely, but God will make it known to us that we’re on the wrong track. – Note: Not all deaths, or sickness, is a result of sin! [See: John 9:1-3] – But to be sure, He will make it known.
God sent His son to die for us, and to rise again three days later, to free us from slavery to sin, and to become our Abba, Father. It is the height of arrogance to think that after making such a sacrifice for us, that God would simply ignore His children! No, He watches out for us, and applies due discipline to keep us on the way He wants us to go. God could force us to obey Him. Just like a father could have a robot for a son. But He doesn’t, because He wants us to make “the right choices” of our own “free will”. Now, granted, He’ll put us into circumstances where we have no choice other than the correct one, but He still wants us to choose it ourselves.
So rather than face God’s discipline, let’s use the strength which God gives us to stand firm.
You are Loved!