Recently two Christians debated God's way of dealing with sinful individuals and sinful nations.
One said God punishes us to get our attention.
The other said God never punishes, only restores and redeems.
Regarding individuals, Hebrews 12:5-6 says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
Regarding nations, we have a Bible full of examples that God punishes nations who reject Him, but we also have a wonderful promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
"If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."
Our God punishes and rebukes individuals and nations but offers us redemption if we humble ourselves and pray.