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He Does Not Afflict Willingly

December 1, 2015

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He  Does Not  Afflict Willingly

We all  have experienced  what we call “bad things”.     They just happen.     We don’t know why.     They seem devastating  —  and we might even wonder  if God knows  or cares  about what  we are experiencing.     It is good  for all Christians  to become acquainted  with all the  “bad things”  God’s children  have experienced  down through the ages.     Knowing about  all the “bad things”  that have happened  to God’s children  —  and how God  carried them through  to victory  —  will strengthen us  to live better lives  of faith,  hope,  and love.

In Lamentations 3:32-33,  Jeremiah proclaims  his experiences,

For  if He causes grief,
Then He will  have compassion
According to  His abundant lovingkindness.

For  He does not  afflict willingly
Or grieve  the sons  of men.

Jeremiah experienced  so many griefs  and hardships.     He also experienced  God’s “abundant lovingkindness”.     God always has  a good purpose behind every affliction,  so we can trust Him  to do good  in the end  —  a good  that is far beyond  our imagination.

That’s how it was  for Mary,  the mother  of Jesus.     When baby Jesus  was presented  to the Lord,  Simeon blessed them  and said  in Luke 2:34-35,

Behold,  this Child  is appointed  for the fall  and rise  of many  in Israel,  and for a sign  to be opposed  —  and a sword  will pierce  even your own soul  —  to the end  that thoughts  from many hearts  may be revealed.

That prophecy came true.     Jesus was defiantly “opposed”  by the religious leaders.     Consequently,   “many in Israel”  fell  in their unbelief  —  and many rose  to a joyous faith  of forgiveness  in Jesus.     When the religious leaders  succeeded  in having Jesus crucified,  Mary’s heart  and soul  felt  pierced with  “a sword”.

For every  “fall  and rise  of many  in Israel”  the  “thoughts  from many hearts”  were  “revealed”.     Jesus’ suffering,   death,  and resurrection  showed  who believed  God’s  prophecies  were fulfilled  —  and who did not.     God did not  “willingly”  “afflict” Mary.     But,  the affliction  was necessary  to bring  the knowledge  of our sure salvation  through faith  in Jesus.

As we entrust  our whole lives  to our LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for carrying us through  our afflictions.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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