Consider that in Christ, God promises us wise and tender correction through affliction. This is because we undergo trials not as enemies of God, but as children of God through our saving relationship with Christ. Keeping this in mind will help us face our troubles with the view of how we can profit from them rather than how long we have to suffer. Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
When the Lord corrects us by affliction, He promises to temper it with great compassion and tenderness (Lam. 3:31–32). He does not execute His burning anger on us (Hos. 11:9), but acts as a compassionate father who is aware of our frailty. Psalm 103:13–14 says: “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”
How Should We Consider Christ in Affliction?
Joel R. Beeke