Lamentation 3: 25-40
We need to clearly understand the two sides of God’s nature. These are not contradictory, but complementary and complimentary. God does not have a split personality which changes whimsically. But God’s nature does have two sides, each of which is complementary to the other and consistent with the other.
Paul expressed this simply, when he said, “Consider the goodness and severity of God” (Romans 11:22.)The goodness of God is His love. The severity of God is His wrath.
Please don’t take that to mean that God has a good side and an evil side. The love of God is a righteous love, and the anger of God is a righteous anger. There is no evil in God’s wrath than there is in his love.
From today’s reading, God’s people need to develop the proper attitude toward their afflictions. Afflictions serve divine purpose (verses 31-32). But God is too compassionate to allow them to suffer forever. It is no pleasure to God to afflict anyone. He takes no delight in our pain and misery: yet, like a tender and intelligent parent, He uses the rod; not to gratify Himself, but to profit and save us.
Who is He that speaks, that commands an event to take place, or predicts that it shall take place and it cometh to pass accordingly, when the Lord commanded not? Or who designs a thing, and brings His designs to effect, when the Lord is against him? Haughty tyrants may boast of their power as if they were equal to Omnipotent God. It is God’s prerogative to bring to pass whatever He pleases without any impediment. When God chastises one, it is for the person’s good and he should neither murmur nor complain, but to thank God.
Romans 11:22 “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness otherwise you also will be cut off.”
Lord Jesus, shower and lavish on me Your compassion daily and teach me patience and humility in the midst of afflictions in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.
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