Suffering and trials will always have two results. It can draw us away from God or draw us closer to Him. In times of suffering we might want to blame God. However, most of the time it is our own selfishness, resentment, and rebellion that has led us to that point. The other times it’s just because we live in a fallen world. We find ourselves like Job wondering how is it possible for the wicked to have such abundant lives and we are on the other side going through great trials. Seeing how many times the wicked will flourish before our eyes. Our mind can fool us into following the wicked ways. We may even start contemplating sin, playing with it and eventually falling into satan’s trap.
However, God in His righteousness and His unending mercy come violently and passionately interrupts satan’s plans. First he will uncover the sin. There is nothing that He does not know but He needs to unveil anything that is hiden. He will put us face to face with a mirror, face to face with our mess. He confronts us. He doesn’t avoid conflict, but rather deals it with firmly but with a benevolent heart. He exposes us, most of the time in front of those who loves us. All of this out of love that we may surely know that He is a jealous God. He is more passionate about us than any man on Earth can be. All of those acts of discipline are just raw manifestations of His thick, bold, unambiguous and determined LOVE .
While I write this I picture the book of Hosea 1:10-11 “so now I will expose her tenderness, before the eyes of her lovers; NO ONE Will take her out of my hands. I will stop all her celebrations.” All of this He does with the purpose of rescuing her for His own delight and fulfillment of His purpose. So would you just surrender to His great plans for your life? Would you decide to let your heart be courted and lavished in love by your creator?