Proverbs 3:12- “Because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.”
As children of God, we should not fail to obey our Heavenly Father. There might be times when we have wavered in our faith or disobeyed our Heavenly Father. The Israelites were made to wander in the wilderness for 40 years till they reached the Promised Land due to their murmurings and lack of trust in God who brought them out of Egypt. Yet God provided them manna as food, shade in the mornings and light by night. There are times when God humbles us to prevent us from sinning (preventative discipline). Paul had a weakness that is explained in the Bible as a thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12:7). Due to his infirmity, he kept on leaning on God. Sometimes God enables difficulties in our life, to discipline us and make us stronger; to assure that He alone can solve the problem and no one else. Jesus is our vine and God the Father is the gardener. “He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:1-2).
Our Abba is always slow to anger and full of grace. Just as a father disciplines his children, our Heavenly Father also disciplines us that we may become like His image. Disciplining is for our own good and we should not despise the corrections or be weary about them. He expects us to be holy and pure like Him. As impure gold is refined in a hot furnace to obtain pure gold, likewise, as children of God we also are disciplined through certain hardships to bear His fruit of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Let us wholeheartedly receive God’s chastening with love and lean on Him closer and closer.