Lamentations 3:33 - A Scripture Pearl.

Lamentations 3:33 - A Scripture Pearl.

Lamentations 3:33 (NKJV) For He does not afflict willingly, Nor 
grieve the children of men.  

Trials Will Come
   Our heavenly Father does not willingly afflict or grieve the 
children of men. He has His purpose in the whirlwind and the storm, in 
the fire and in the flood. The Lord permits calamities to come to 
His people to save them from greater dangers. He desires everyone to 
examine his own heart closely and carefully, and then draw near to God, 
that God may draw near to him. Our life is in the hands of God. He 
sees dangers threatening us that we cannot see. He is the Giver of 
all our blessings; the Provider of all our mercies; the Orderer of 
all our experiences. He sees the perils that we cannot see. He may 
permit to come upon His people that which fills their hearts with 
sadness, because He sees that they need to make straight paths for their 
feet, lest the lame be turned out of the way. He knows our frame, and 
remembers that we are dust. Even the very hairs of our head are numbered. 
He works through natural causes to lead His people to remember that 
He has not forgotten them, but that He desires them to forsake the 
way which, if they were permitted to follow unchecked and 
unreproved, would lead them into great peril.   
   Trials come to us all to lead us to investigate our hearts, 
to see if they are purified from all that defiles. Constantly the 
Lord is working for our present and eternal good. Things occur which 
seem inexplainable, but if we trust in the Lord, and wait patiently 
for Him, humbling our hearts before Him, He will not permit the 
enemy to triumph.   
   The Lord will save His people in His own way, by such means 
and instrumentalities that the glory will be returned to Him. To Him 
alone belongs the praise. .  
   Every soul that is saved must be a partaker with Christ of 
His sufferings, that he may be a partaker with Him of His glory. How 
few understand why God subjects them to trial. It is by the trial of 
our faith that we gain spiritual strength. The Lord seeks to educate 
His people to lean wholly upon Him. He desires them, through the 
lessons that He teaches them, to become more and more spiritualized. If 
His Word is not followed in all humility and meekness, He brings to 
them experiences which, if rightly received, will help to prepare 
them for the work to be done in His name. God desires to reveal His 
power in a marked manner through the lives of His people. {UL 65}   


A Lesson In Perseverance - 

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various 
trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And 
let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect 
and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, 
let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without 
reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without 
any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, 
driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:2-6 (NASB) 


Blessings by Laura Story