When and if God disciplines us, it is Our Father acting out of love for one of his children.
In book after book of the Old Testament, we see how Almighty God deals with disobedience to His Laws, His Rules, beginning in Genesis, with Adam and Eve. God not only deals with satan the serpent, for tempting Eve to sin, but he also deals with Eve and Adam for not obeying.
We see how God deals with disobedience and rebellion in the story of Noah. God saw no redemption within the hearts of the people, so he floods the earth and wipes out all humanity, except for Noah and his family.
We also read about how God deals with infidelity, in marriage and leading an unholy, unclean life, as he cannot even find 10 people worthy to spare the inhabitants of Sodom, along with turning Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt for disobedience of His instruction not to look back.
In Exodus we see how God dealt with Pharaoh, and his disobedience to God and God wishes, as one by one 10 plagues were visited unto Egypt, until The Hebrews were finally freed. We also see how God punished the Hebrews by leading them in circles in the dessert for 40 years, for their disobedience grumbling and complaining, until finally guiding them to the promised land. We see in the stories of Jonah, Samson, even David how God repays disobedience and rewards obedience. In the book of Job we see also how God permits us to be tested for our faithfulness and how it is rewarded.
The Apostle Paul, is one of the few apostles who addresses both the Gentile, as well as the Hebrews as he preaches the Gospel teachings of Our Lord Jesus, and God Our Father.
In HEBREWS: 12: 5-13; Paul addresses the Hebrew people offering a strong reminder to them about God’s love and about God applying discipline and correction as a part of His love. The Hebrew people are reminded that, God sees us as His Children.
KJV. HEBREWS: 12: 5. "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou are rebuked. 6. For whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth, and scourageth, every son whom he receiveth. 7. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? 8. But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto The Father of spirits, and live. 10. For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of His Holiness. 11. Now no chastening for the present, seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness, unto them which are exercised thereby. 12. Wherefore lift up the hands which hand down and the feeble knees; 13. And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
In the cartoon illustration above we are reminded of two important lessons for all to remember. We see a young girl swarmed by hornets as they leave their nest and attack the girl.
God reminds us with this that if we stupidly do something that is dangerous to ourselves, and or others, God is within His right as Our Father to withdraw His protection from us, allowing us to get hurt or sick, as both a punishment or chastisement, and also as a lesson to us as what not to do.
Secondly we are reminded that when we become sick from our actions, we should ask if this is God’s punishment and through prayer thank God for caring enough for teaching us the error of our ways. God only punishes out of love and concern for His child or children.
No matter how old we might be chronologically, 5 or 85 in God’s eyes we are His child and if we get out of line, there will be times that God will decide that we have done something that requires Him correcting it, and if it requires a punishment to teach us something, God as our loving Father will issue that punishment, sometimes it may be as simple as denying us something we looked forward to, or it could be as serious as causing us to faint and fall, when we continually ignore warnings about some physical problem, or worse.
Always remember and never forget, God Corrects those he calls his children and he does so out of love and with love. It may not seem as love when He’s doing it, but it is love just the same, and we should always always offer up a prayer of repentance and thanksgiving to God for loving us enough to correct us.