Standing in for a bishop last night, I led a Bible study on Daniel Chapter 1. In the first verses, Judah is taken into exile. Apart from punishing His people, the Bible states plainly that God was refining them, purifying them, healing them. I said that God does the same with us, His covenant people today. In fact, I have often told people in counselling that God is doing something wonderful in their time of "exile". It is a token of their being specially privileged, chosen, blessed by Him. OBSERVATION: But think on the other hand, of those who are not in a position to believe that there is any good in their torment. It may be an awful situation to be in.