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NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH

Lamentations 3:31-36

 31 For the Lord will not cast off forever, 32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; 33 FOR HE DOES NOT WILLINGLY AFFLICT OR GRIEVE THE CHILDREN OF MEN. 34 TO CRUSH UNDERFOOT ALL THE PRISONERS OF THE EARTH, 35 to deny a man justice in the presence of the Most High, 36 to subvert a man in his lawsuit, THE LORD DOES NOT APPROVE.

Here is something that we need to lock our minds around—GOD LOVES US.  Now that doesn’t mean it’s always going to be smooth-sailing.  GOD has created reality in every dimension and that reality is self-correcting—GOD’s creation only provides for perfection and anything else automatically sets off effects that lead to the elimination of perfection.  The apostle Paul had another way of putting this:

Romans 1:18

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

GOD’s wrath, His predetermined reaction to ungodliness and unrighteousness is built into the creation.  The second part of this passage is also profound: when men sin they are going against the truth of reality.  It goes back to the garden of Eden and the fall of mankind.  What happened there?  Essentially the Serpent, aka. , the Devil, aka.,  Satan, aka.,  the shining one, deceived Eve and eventually her husband Adam, into essentially trying to come up with their own definition of what is right and what is wrong.  Adam and Eve willing accepted the lie and death ensued.

GOD allows things to happen to us, for reality to operate as designed, for us to experience the consequences of our actions—to bring us back to the truth—to bring us back to Him.  With Him, we have safety, with Him we have peace, with Him we have completion.  Like any good father, GOD disciplines us, not to destroy us but to lead us to safety—to lead us to life.  He doesn’t enjoy disciplining us, but He knows what’s best for us and what we need.

SELAH