Quotes on Chastisement
1 Kings 8:35-36 contain a remarkable promise to Israel. In several places the Lord indicated that He uses the weather to chastise His people to bring them to repentance. President Spencer W. Kimball said: “The Lord uses the weather sometimes to discipline
his people for the violation of his laws. He said to the children of Israel:
“‘If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
“‘Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
“‘And your threshing shall reach into the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
“‘And I will give you peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: . . . neither shall the sword go through your land.’ (Lev. 26:3-6)
“Perhaps the day has come when we should take stock of ourselves and see if we are worthy to ask or if we have been breaking the commandments, making ourselves unworthy of receiving the blessings.” (In Conference Report, Apr. 1977, pp. 4-5; or Ensign, May 1977, p. 4)
First Kings 8:35–36 indicates that if the people repent of their sins, looking to the house of the Lord in prayer and supplication, the weather can be tempered and made to operate in behalf of the righteous. — Old Testament Student Manual, p. 7
This cause will roll on in majesty and power to fill the earth. Doors now closed to the preaching of the gospel will be opened. The Almighty, if necessary, may have to shake the nations to humble them and cause them to listen to the servants of the living God. Whatever is needed will come to pass. — President Gordon B. Hinckley
I know it is hard to receive chastisement, for no chastisement is joyous, but grievous at the time it is given; but if a person will receive chastisement and pray for the Holy Spirit to rest upon him, that he may have the Spirit of truth in his heart, and cleave to that which is pleasing to the Lord, the Lord will give him grace to bear the chastisement, and he will submit to and receive it, knowing that it is for his good. — President Brigham Young, quoted by John A. Widtsoe in Bowery, Oct. 6, 1855; Journal of Discourses 3:47; Discourses of Brigham Young, 227