11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
The Lord God is our Father, and we are his children. He wants us to grow, to mature, and follow Him. We are not perfect, we are far from it. Every day we strive towards becoming more Christ like – earning the title of “Christians” or “little Christs”. Discipline is a key part of that refinement. Ideally we will choose God’s glory over our own selfish pleasures. But when we struggle with sin and choose our own interests over God we can expect correction.
Have you ever been is a restaurant with a screaming child, where the child is throwing a tantrum and the parents won’t react. Maybe the parents have become immune to the tantrums, or maybe they can tune their kid out. Whatever the excuse, you find yourself mentally begging the parents to “Discipline your child”. In that same way God disciplines us when we act out, when we harm ourselves and others, and when we chose evil over love.
Knowing you have a Father who watches over you every day, who loves you enough to want the best for you, should be a comforting thought. God loves us, each one of us, individually and specifically. He doesn’t hurt us, He doesn’t cause evil, but he will lovingly correct you when you wander off the straight path.