The protection of My beloved is without limit. Situation holds no power. I do not slumber and My hand is not late. Struggle and blessing are of My commencement. False is the notion of the uncontrolled. My eye sees all, and the bounds of an angry sea are Mine to draw. I am God of protection, a mighty fortress, but also He who teaches the wayward, and afflicts in wisdom the earth. My judgement is perfect – of man and also of each. Catastrophes of nations and the struggles of a child, all are in My sovereign will. Faith bows to the will of He who knows the sovereign way, that is confused not, and balances the pain and provision of the earth. There is great protection in obedience, for love for the Father covers a multitude of sin, but he who runs unbridled in the ways of the wicked, his fate is laid bare to the enemy of his soul. This in his heart he knows, but still he runs, facing not the light. Followers of My Name, to them the pain is deeper, for not only is protection forsaken, but shame rots the spirit and bones. Until repentance, the suffering is greater by My hand, that the soul would return to his Redeemer. My grace waits for the repentant and the return of the prideful heart, even among My own, is absent without pain. All suffering is of sin. Return to the fortress that I AM. Forsake that which is evil, known already to you by My Spirit, that you would again have peace in My protection.
Hebrews 12:11-14 (ESV) – For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.
Bottom Line: We are all prone, both Christian and non-Christian, to follow our own way, blaze our own path, and make our own rules. We all have also experienced times when we felt secure, and times where we were not sure God was present. Many of those insecure times were when we knew we were doing something against His will. When we find ourselves struggling with life, feeling unprotected, vulnerable . . . it may be He is allowing a struggle designed to bring us back on track. Pray that you would know His heart on the matter. There may be another reason for the hardship, but if it is His hand of discipline, the sooner you get back in His good grace, the better.