We had human parents to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not be even more willing to be subject to the Father?....He disciplines us for our own good, in order that we may share his holiness. Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Hebrews 12: 9-11. I was reading Hebrews in my study time this morning, and was struck once again by this text. In my Old Testament reading, I finished the story of Jonah, and got a picture of God's discipline. I was once again touched by the truth of it