(Proverbs 24:22 KJV) For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
How bad do things need to be before you face a genuine “calamity” (343)? This reminds me that often the failure I face comes because I have not been paying attention to those in authority and what they want. At work this can come when the boss calls me to the office. Sometimes the dressing down is deserved, sometimes not. The problem is I am not in charge and did not do as expected.
With God it is a little different, or should I say a lot different? When God uses disaster to reprove us, it is deserved. We need someone to grab us by the short hairs and say, “No!” God does not make mistakes.
So? When I am faced with difficulties I need to examine myself and see if something needs to be changed. Self examination is hard because I often have a hard time being objective. In that case find someone you can trust and ask. Before you ask get prayed up because you might not like what you hear.