(Proverbs 3:12 KJV) For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Do you ever get tired of the way the Bible makes it difficult to fit into your world? Good. That means you are listening to the Holy Spirit. We are supposed to be salt, not tofu. Here again we go against modern, pop-psychology. In modern thinking, “loveth” (157) cannot go along with “correcteth” (reproves NASB) (3198). I sit in on parent conferences that would be great for sitcom plots if they were not such a part of our culture. I had one woman who claimed she could not get her son to cut his hair. Inside I was screaming, “What? He’s only in seventh grade!” She was under the assumption that love would not force him to do something so demeaning.
God loves us so He reproves us. If He did not care He would not get involved. How many times have you stopped your car when you saw a kid on the street when he should be in school. If it was yours you would get involved.
How does God reprove you? In situations. In words of friends and enemies. In a sermon. In the reading of the Word. In ways I can’t imagine. He corrects in ways you are not aware of because you might not be listening.
So? If you are God’s child He is working to get you on track and keep you that way. Listen, think, pray, change, rejoice. He delights in you.