“The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastens every son He receives.” Hebrews 12:6
Bear patiently the rod for a season, and under the darkness–still trust in God, for His love burns towards you. God loves His redeemed people with a love too deep for human imagination. He loves them with all His infinite heart!
God has not forgotten you, because He smites. His blows are no evidences of lack of love. You may fear that the Lord has passed you by–but it is not so! He who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting His own redeemed children! He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature He ever made–or the only saint He ever loved!
“Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will never forget you!” Isaiah 49:15
“I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself!” Jeremiah 31:3
“Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the very end!” John 13:1