Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:3-11
There have been many books written about why bad things happen to good people. The main flaw in these books is the premise that any of us are good. In Luke 18:18 when the rulers said to Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answers him in the next verse, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Now I believe Jesus answered this way because the ruler was addressing Jesus as just a teacher and not the Messiah. But it makes the point that humans are not good when we measure ourselves with God’s standard. So if we change that around to why do bad things happen to bad people we have answered our own question. But we always think of ourselves as good and others as bad. Of course what else gets missed is that God is not sitting on His thrown plotting what bad thing he can do to us. Most of the evil in the world is our own doing. Other “evils’ are the consequences of being where we probably should not be and the weather or other natural events. When we choose to live on a coast and get hit with a hurricane it is not God doing it but our choice on where we live.
However, God does at times discipline us. It takes having children to really understand this point. None of the parents I know like to have to discipline their children. In fact some dislike it so much that they end up not disciplining them at all. My wife and I have raised three and we have had to discipline all three multiple times for various causes. It was never easy but they needed to learn what proper behavior was and what would not be tolerated. When they broke the rules they had to learn there are consequences.
Last June a 16 year old boy driving drunk killed four people and injured two others in a small town just south or Fort Worth Texas. When he came to trial his attorneys used as a defense that this boy was brought up too affluent and had never learned that his actions have consequences. The judge bought into this argument and sentenced the boy to ten years’ probation. So he still has never faced the consequences of his actions. Four are dead and one is still in a coma all because parents did not want to let their child know that his actions affect others and that some things are wrong.
Just as we discipline our children so God disciplines His children. He does this because He loves us just as human parents discipline out children because we love them. We want them to grow up to be responsible adults. God wants us to obey Him and grow into the eternal creatures we are meant to be. No one likes to be disciplined but we all need discipline. The loving parent knows this and no parent is more loving than God.
Have a blessed day,