“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12
How does one know if the challenge they’re facing is from God or not? How do you know if you’re being disciplined, or just going through a tough patch?
Discipline happens in the context of a living and active relationship. Just as a father and son communicate regularly, our relationship with God is one marked with two way communication. God speaks to me through His Word, and I speak to Him through prayer and worship. In this context of loving and open communication I’m going to be able to see not only when God is disciplining me, but I’ll also get insight into the future hopes He has for me.
Paul encourages Timothy to keep connected in communication to God with these words: “Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17
God’s Word is the living and active way that God teaches and shapes your life. When you face the had times spend even more time listening to your Father’s direction in His Word so that you may be trained and equipped for life.