Still he hates the sins of his people, and uses all kinds of inward and outward pain and griefs to wean their hearts from compromise and disobedience.
Still he seeks the fellowship of his people, and sends them both sorrows and joys in order to detach their love from other things and attach it to himself.
Still he teaches believers to value his promised gifts by making them wait for those gifts, and compelling them to pray persistently for them, before he bestows them.
-- J.I. Packer (Knowing God, 79)