My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD Or loathe His reproof,Proverbs 3:11(NASB)
The Word of God is a library of wisdom and encouragement that we would do well to heed. One such pearl of sound advice is that chastening is an important way that God deals with His children, for the chastening rod of God develops in us a spiritual maturity and a godly character.
The chastening of the Lord should never be compared with a judge passing sentence on a criminal, but rather as a loving father disciplining his beloved son. The chastening of the Lord is carried out in love and wisdom and for our best interest, in order that we might be partakers of His holiness. He knows the plans that He has for each of our lives and His chastening rod is to ensure that we do not miss out on His best purposes.
As with an earthly father, the chastening of the Lord may result from a rebellion and sin, and his disciplines would be to bring us to repentance. At other times, His chastening may be used to prepared us for a particular blessing that He desires to give us, but His chastening rod is equipped to do both.
No matter what form the chastening of the Lord takes, and no matter how much pain and hurt we may experience, His correction is always carried out in love. So whether our chastening is to correct a disobedient heart or to perfect an obedient walk, let us not despise His chastening of the Lord, nor grow weary of His correction, but rather embrace it for our good and for His glory.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You care enough for my spiritual maturity, that You will chasten me in love so that I may grow in grace and be a partaker of Your holiness. Give me an understanding heart to welcome Your correction and not grow weary of it. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.