But He’s always loving.
Don’t confuse God’s love with likeability. He is most certainly a loving Father. But that doesn’t always mean He’s likeable.
When a parent sets out to be likeable, the primary intention is to make the child happy. Likeable parents want their children to have favorable opinions of them at all times. So, in order to enforce this opinion, likeable parents give their children whatever the children want, whenever they want it.
God is not that kind of Father. He is entirely unconcerned about how He fares in the paternal popularity poll.
And every parent knows that in order to be truly loving toward your children, sometimes you have to be utterly unlikeable.
Sometimes being loving means saying a firm no, refusing to capitulate no matter how much your children scream or cry or beg.
Sometimes being loving means taking something away from your child because it’s bad for them, even if they don’t understand the danger of the object they’re playing with.
Sometimes being loving means measuring out discipline to correct and train, even though you hate giving the punishment more than they hate receiving it.
Maybe you don’t like what the Lord is doing in your life right now.
He’s infinitely more moved by how much He loves you than how much you like Him.
And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?