Chastening “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but pain; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” –Hebrews 12:11 If you are anything like me, you probably love when life is going good and hate it when it seems to be going bad. Sometimes it seems like everything just sort of falls into place, and we are reminded that God controls everything and He works for our good. It’s easy to remember that God is in control when life is good, right? But what about when life is bad? Sometimes, I find myself asking God “Why?” or “What’s going on here, Lord?” I seem to be all about negative thinking when I am being chastened by the Lord. Then I see this verse, and it speaks worlds to me. Chastening doesn’t seem to yield joy in our lives while it’s happening, but pain. It hurts! However, only after the chastening has happened and we have come out of the valley do we find ourselves in peace and in righteousness because the chastening trained us and helped us understand how to be joyful in all things. As we go through life, remember that whether in good times or bad times, that seeking God is always the best thing to do; whether for praise or for questions, for thanks or for help. God wants us to be reminded that He is in control, and that everything we go through is for a reason. God allows us to be chastened and wants us to seek Him in the process! When we are in troubled times, the words of James can help us to remember to have patience which comes from having faith that God will take care of us. “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-3 Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.