"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of Gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." 1Peter 1:7
IN JESUS TODAY!
It's a test, it's not punishment! It's a trial, and not a consequence! If all trials or all sufferings were punishment, or our consequence, then where would hope be, or joy where would it come from? As it is written, "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?" 1Thessalonians 2:19 At the appearing of Jesus Christ, what is now foggy and difficult to see about our sufferings, will appear as the clearest day of our life. In reflection we will see it all very clear! We may not understand this now, but we will. On that day we will have a WOW! Moment, an exclamation of, "Oh! I get it now!" You see, herein is the difference between the pain of our chastening because of consequence, and the pain or suffering of the testings and trials of our faith! God never said that our faith will not be tested, in fact we all shall be tested, and we see even the Israelite's realized this testing in the wilderness. After being moved out of Egypt they didn't go straight into the Promised Land, but rather straight into the desert heat where their faith would be tested! God tested them to see their faith, and many did shrink back or turn back to Egypt in their hearts! This turning back of course caused them to suffer for many years in the wilderness until they got it right, and trusted God to lead them into the Promised Land.
For those that endured this test, the Promised Land became much more precious than Gold, it became their freedom from slavery, and it changed the course of history and life forever, it set us all free! As it is written, "Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians: and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore." Exodus 14:30 God doesn't bring us out of things to punish us, but instead to prove our faith, he doesn't put us through tests to cause us grief, but rather to bless us through his grace!