Lamentations 3:31-33 (NASB) “For the Lord will not reject forever, 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.”
If you’re anything like me, you sometimes find yourself in a pit and wonder why God put you there, where He’s run off to and whether He cares anymore about what you’re going through. These doubts and questions come upon us quite often at the slightest bit of discomfort, don’t they? We tend to entertain the idea of our Heavenly Father abandoning us to the thorns and briars of this world far too easily.
However, I often realize that my pits were dug by my own hand. My attitude toward another previously may have caused a chain of events that are now bringing the hard or angry consequence in that certain relationship today. My desire for a thing or a pleasure yesterday may now be the reason I cannot pay for the need in front of me. Even the way in which I have treated my body produces benefits or difficulties in the long run. Let’s face it, there is sin on every side, crouching at the door, waiting to devour and produce death in us. Christ came to give us life, and life abundantly!
When I look up from that place of momentary despair and cast my eyes upon the gracious Lord, I see things in brighter perspective. Though the Lord has perhaps allowed a trial, it is in effort to produce a greater enduring faith in Him that sustains me and makes me more steadfast against an ever darkening world. Though the Father even painfully chastens me, correcting me and seeking to prevent in me a worsening conflict, which is hard to sometimes patiently endure, His Word continually reminds us that His compassion is coming, like a child having received his discipline, now held in Daddy’s arms. It does not please Him see us in pain, though He is pleased to allow us to endure momentary sorrows, for the joy and zeal they produce in us afterward for obedience, blessing, and promise.
2 Corinthians 7:9-11 “I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong!”
2 Corinthians 4:17 “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but things which are not seen are eternal.”
Remember in the midst of tougher times that beautiful word from the heart of God in Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” He will draw you out of that darker place soon enough, and it will then seem as to have been but for a moment, in comparison to the joy set before you with Him!