For years I struggled with the contradictory things I heard from fellow Christians about God's character.
Some people's explanations of God made him sound like an absent-minded grandpa or a Santa Claus. Others made Him sound like an angry teacher or aloof king.
But God is none of those things.
When we study Scripture, we understand that God is our loving Father, who knows exactly (perfectly) what encouragement, rebuke, instruction and discipline we need. He's not waiting to knock us down nor is He ignorant of our need for correction. He's neither harsh nor permissive.
God's discipline can be punishment but very often it's training.
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” Hebrews 12:5-6
Understanding God's true character is critical when facing hardships.
I'd love to have you join me at Bite Size Bible Study where a number of Bible passages are given in full text to help you better understand God's role in our lives regarding hardships. Study the verses and leave a comment describing God in your own words but using the Scriptures as your source.