"The Bible repeatedly repels the idea that all suffering is based on what we deserve."
"I am convinced that without the clear revelation of God, we should be very careful of concluding in any particular case that suffering is discipline. Now God can use suffering in the life of believers to make them stronger."
"I suspect that one of the points of suffering is that we do not understand. If we understood, we would not be forced to trust God. Also, with all suffering there is a choice. We can trust God through it, or we can reject God because of it."
Mike Erich, The Mad Theologian [read more here]