As I write my wife is in the hospital recovering from serious surgery. I could give you a litany of all the physical problems she has had. One of the questions that keeps coming up is “Why?” We all ask it. I know when I go through hard times I ask myself, “Is there a lesson I am not learning?” We all want to know if God is trying to get our attention.
That is a road of thought that is loaded with minefields of unnecessary guilt and fingerpointing. I don’t think we can use this verse to judge people going through hard times. In fact, I know we shouldn’t. That is not the point of this verse.
The point is that times of correction, when that is what they are, show love not hate. They show Gods desire for repentance not a need to express His wrath. Notice that the other side of the reproof is delight. God does not punish the upright. He tries to lead them in the paths of righteousness.
(Psa 23:3 KJV) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.Sometime our lack of focus demands a sharper tone but the goal is always spiritual progress.
So? Listen and learn if the day is a struggle. God is the originator of the concept of tough love.