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Pain and Suffering

Like any good parent, there are times when God brings difficulty, pain and loss to the lives of his children. The biblical reasons vary, but the hurt is always real. And when those times come it is good to remember the words of Jeremiah in Lamentations 3:32-33, “Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.”

 

Jeremiah wants his suffering countrymen to understand that their loving Father finds no pleasure in their pain. Nor is he dispassionate or aloof. He knows the pain of human hurt and he is compassionate – even when our grief is the result of our own sin (as it was for Jeremiah’s generation). We should not doubt that in time God will bring healing and restoration. It is his nature to do so.

 

As his children, we should expect it and reach out for it in humility and with unwavering faith. In his wisdom he may make us wait for it – sometimes for months or in some cases for years – but it should be our resolve to patiently wait on his deliverance. Pain hurts, but when his purposes are accomplished, his unfailing love will be our relief and our joy.

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  1. A great reminder that a good father always brings discipline to his kids. Not out of hatred of enjoyment. But to see we come fort as diamonds, aa the best we could ever be in their eartly eyes.

    I dont think our mind is yet able to fully comprehend the love that God our Source, our Heavely Father has for us. Every single hair on each and everyone one of us head are numbered. Not a single tear we shed is gone unnotice. As the prophet Isayah said ” even though a mother may forget her child. We are forever engraved upon the Palm of His Hands.
    Just how awesome is that!
    We can never be forgotten by our Father. Even during silence and the pain. He us forever with us.
    As David said, where can we go from His Presence?

  2. Jesus is truly the “balm of Gilead” and “physician” (Jeremiah 8:22) for all the wounded, hurting people of the world. Just as a costly, healing balsam was made from trees, so is Jesus’ sacrificial, atoning blood shed on a wooden cross at Calvary the balsam that heals the deepest wounds of sin. He lifts us up and restores our soul — IF we have enough LIGHT to see our desperate need, repent, believe and trust in Him. Praise His healing name! “. . . there is more in GRACE TO SAVE than there is in SIN TO DESTROY.” (J. C. Philpot, preacher, 1852).

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