I found this to be a great explanation of the question, “Why would a loving God…” that we so often hear. Hopefully it will sit well with some who read this.
from The Singing God by Sam Storms
- “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful,” says our author. “Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
“The next time you’re hurting and tempted to question God’s love for you, recall this verse. He is passionately committed to making us holy. There is no love in providing comfort to someone in sin.
I’m assuming that if you were suffering from a recurring pain in your head, you would seek the advice and assistance of your family physician. Suppose he suggested that a couple of aspirin would suffice to eliminate the pain, knowing that it’s cause was in fact a malignant tumor? Your outrage would be wholly justified. But what if he responded by saying, ‘I wanted to tell you the truth, but I knew how sad it would make you feel. I knew how painful it would be for you to undergo the required operation. I knew how much of an inconvenience and financial expense it would prove to be, so I thought it would be more loving if I wrote it off as just another headache.’
“My guess is that, notwithstanding his expression of love, you would be seriously tempted to sue for malpractice. If this doctor really cared for you he would have taken whatever steps necessary to preserve your life, even if those steps proved painful. Likewise, our Father often has to perform a little spiritual surgery to excise the tumor of sin and the rebellion of unbelief. It hurts; it’s confusing. It’s inconvenient, but above all else, it’s loving.”