Hard Times

Q: Are all our trials discipline from God? Doesn't Hebrews 12:5-11 teach this?

A? No, all our trials are not corrective discipline. Job is the proof. All trials are from God, and they are all training for us to grow, but they are not all a punitive discipline to correct or punish. We should consider our lives and change and repent always, including in times of trial. Sometimes hard times are a wake up call for us to change. But we don't HAVE TO find what we did wrong to make good use of a difficulty. It is enough to learn something from it, even if that is as little as, "God is in charge, I don't always know what He is doing, it's for my good somehow, and He isn't there to make my life peaceful and painless.."

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