Read: Psalm 106:41-45
If a father loves his child, he will want the best for his child. If the child commits a mistake, the father reproves and corrects the child by punishing him, because he loves his child. Unless a child is punished for his mistakes, he will not learn from his mistakes and in future could be a disgrace to his family and society. “The rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother” (Prov. 29:15). Our Heavenly Father loves us so much. He loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. But God cannot tolerate sin or sinful actions. The Bible says that, “Our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29). He wants His children to be holy as He is holy (1 Pet. 1:16). He chastises His children when they do wrong. “For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?” (Heb. 12:6-7).
When Adam and Eve sinned against God, He punished them by sending them out of the Garden of Eden. And when the Israelites disobeyed God, He punished them by sending them to be captives under the rule of the Babylonian king. Later, God heard their cry when they were in captivity and set them free after 70 years. God remembered His covenant and relented according to the multitude of His mercies (Ps. 106:45).
The Bible assures us, “Do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights” (Prov. 3:11-12). God rebukes and chastens only whom He loves. Jesus Himself says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore, be zealous and repent” (Rev. 3:19). So rejoice in the fact that, “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Heb. 12:11).