Grief and Mercy

For the Lord will not case off for ever: But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.  For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

Lamentations 3:31-33

I know that I seem to write about mercy every other day, so I hope you will bear with me for yet another post about the amazing grace and mercy of God.  Mercy is a subject about which I never get tired of writing about or thinking about.  I like the contrast of these verses and the insight into the nature of God that they give us.

These verses tell us that, contrary to the popular opinion of many who believe that God would never harm anything or anyone, He does “cause grief.”  There are things that He sends our way that are not pleasant.  He tries us and tests us.  He sometimes has to chasten us.  Nothing happens that He is not in control of; this is an important thing for us to remember.

However, there are two important things to remember about His “causing grief:”

1. He causes grief for a reason.
-Notice that the verse says “For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.”  God does not delight in causing grief.  God does not delight in the chastisement of His children.  But He does delight in the fruit that the chastisement produces.  (Hebrews 12:11)  He delights in our faith that comes through a trial “as gold.”  God has a purpose for everything that He does.

2. The grief He causes is temporary.
-“For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.”  As Christians, we need to remember that any trial or tribulation we go through will be only temporary.  We need to remember that, no matter how bad it may seem, our problems are “for a moment.” 

He will cause grief, but He will also have compassion “according to the multitude of his mercies.”  There is the theme of mercy yet again!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks so much for the 2 important things to remember about grief. That really blessed me! 🙂 God bless you Ben, with His amazing mercy and grace!

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  2. Thank you, Ben

    “God has a purpose for everything that He does.” … I’ve tried to live my life by this principle. I say try, because sometimes I honestly don’t want what He’s sending my way. I am learning, though, that His plans are perfect (even if they don’t look that way to me.)

    What Deb said. Thankful for His word :Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • That’s true. I think we all “try” because it is difficult to know what He’s doing at all times. As long as He knows what He’s doing, I suppose I don’t really need to. But that’s hard. I just have to keep in mind that joy does come in the morning!

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