Everything God does is for our benefit.
Sometimes he is silent, sometimes he is loud, sometimes he chastens us, and sometimes he rewards us.
Never is it because we have gone against his council.
It is because he is making us exactly like his Son. When he is done we will be able to say with Jesus “He who has seen me has seen the Father” John 14:9
“Consequently, then, to whom He will, He is merciful, yet whom He will, He is hardening.” You will be protesting to me, then, “Why, then, is He still blaming? for who has withstood His intention? O man! who are you, to be sure, who are answering again to God? That which is molded will not protest to the molder, “Why do you make me thus? Or has not the potter the right over the clay, out of the same kneading to make one vessel, indeed, for honor, yet one for dishonor? Now if God, wanting to display His indignation and to make His powerful doings known, carries, with much patience, the vessels of indignation, adapted for destruction, it is that He should also be making known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He makes ready before for glory -” us, whom He calls also, not only out of the Jews, but out of the nations also.” Romans 9:18-24 (concordant literal version is epic isn’t it!?)
If you look at the process by which raw clay is taken from the ground and turned into a beautiful vessel you would be forgiven for thinking that the craftsmen hated the clay at some points!
I mean the clay was happy in the ground! But God rips it out.
Then he squeezes it and whacks it and does all sorts of unspeakable horrors to it.
He even puts it into a furnace!!!!
But eventually it comes out a beautiful pot fit for what????
Well in our case fit for the fulness of God himself.
Also notice this bit: “out of the same kneading to make one vessel, indeed, for honor, yet one for dishonor?”
I am convinced that each person (or “same kneading”) is for a certain time in their life is a vessel for dishonour and then a vessel for honour.