And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. Hebrews 12:5 NLT
Psalm 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
The true nature of life’s trials is to train us up in the Way we should go so that when we are mature, we will stand fast in His Way and not foolishly depart from it. There is only One Way that leads to Life Everlasting and Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life!
No man comes to the Father except by Him. So learn from life’s lessons to trust your heavenly Father as Jesus did. He did nothing on His own but what his Father showed him to say and do. Go and do likewise and really live!
Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law; My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. Psalm 94:12, Proverbs 3:11 and Job 5:17.
Your heavenly Father has something more, His very best plan for your life and He will let you go your own way but not before He will allow the natural consequences of your own choices to fence you in, besetting you on every side with the pressures of sin and death.
Jesus came to set you free from the curse of sin and death and to give you abundance of life.
“God will afflict his people in general, but that if they wander away he will correct them for their faults. He will bring calamity upon them as a punishment for their offenses, and in order to bring them back to himself. He will not suffer them to wander away unrebuked and unchecked, but will mercifully reclaim them though by great sufferings. Afflictions have many objects, or produce many happy effects. That referred to here is, that they are means of reclaiming the wandering and erring children of God, and are proofs of his paternal care and love.” -Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
So do not be discouraged nor despair, for the Father is disciplining you so that you may partake of the very nature of Jesus Christ. It is for your certain good!
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Brothers, I urge you to bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written you only a short letter.
Hebrews 12:3, Hebrews 13:22
“God may let others alone in their sins, but he will correct sin in his own children. In this he acts as becomes a father. Our earthly parents sometimes may chasten us, to gratify their passion, rather than to reform our manners. But the Father of our souls never willingly grieves nor afflicts his children. It is always for our profit. Our whole life here is a state of childhood, and imperfect as to spiritual things; therefore we must submit to the discipline of such a state. When we come to a perfect state, we shall be fully reconciled to all God’s chastisement of us now. God’s correction is not condemnation; the chastening may be borne with patience, and greatly promote holiness. Let us then learn to consider the afflictions brought on us by the malice of men, as corrections sent by our wise and gracious Father, for our spiritual good.”