The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

God's purposes...

Do you ever wonder about God’s patience and God’s judgment? The writer of Lamentations reflected on this question in this way:

For no one is cast off
 by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone. (Lamentations 3:31-33)

When God seems silent, it is good to know that God will not be silent forever. It is true that it seems like a long time. Our view of a long time is skewed by our sense of time. For example, try being silent with a group of people for a minute – a minute will feel like eternity. It is also good to know that his judgment is not meaningless or purposeless. There is a reason for God’s affliction. God has a greater goal for us than just getting through; God’s goal is the creation of a man or woman who character has been hammered out on the anvil of life’s difficulties. – Ron Friesen

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