“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” (Hebrews 12: 6-7)
Our chastening, that admonishment and seeming suffering that may come to us, is not a cause for doubt or fear. We are never out of God’s care. We are a child beloved of our Father and therefore, this Father requires our perfection, our happiness, our peace and rightness. He knows what we need, and He knows what He made as well as our absolute ability to carry out such a high standard.
So, that punishing sense that may come when we stray from His intention is our reminder that this is not the way we need to go. That chafing and roughness and discomfort that comes when we are not right on track, is not sent by God to harm us, but is the natural result of wearing a coat that doesn’t fit, being untrue to ourselves, and so feeling wrong, disturbed, unsettled.
God’s love is our salvation from the wrong and our preservation as we walk through the apparent trials of discovery. Because He is our Father and the greatest, purest, truest Love that there is, we are always being diligently watched, encouraged, awakened to wrong, and at the same time being given that which is true and right and lasting for our good. We are sons and daughters of infinite Wisdom. Mind would not allow His offspring to wander off course, to be less than true to His ideal, the ultimate satisfying and satisfied idea that is Love’s own child.
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