Jer 42 v 10-12: "Stay here in this land. If you do, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you. For I am sorry for all the punishment I have had to bring upon you. (11) Do not fear the king of Babylon anymore, says the Lord. For I am with you and will save you and rescue you from his power. (12) I will be merciful to you by making him kind, so he will let you stay here in your land."
Now these scriptures are what my husband and I have clung to in our own trial and one day I may elaborate and explain why because in these scriptures, for us, are huge miracles. But the point I want to make here is the bit..."For I am sorry for all the punishment I have had to bring upon you...."
I read these verse often before those words jumped out at me! God's heart breaks for what you are going through. Whether by your hand or the hand of another, what you go through grieves God too! Don't ever think He sits 'up there' and rolls His eyes at the situations you find yourself in! I don't believe that! I believe He hurts with you and its His grace and mercy which gets you through.
|He goes ahead of you!|
For example, in the scripture above (vs 12), God doesn't remove the people from Babylon, but He says that the Babylonians would be merciful to them because of God's mercy for the people.
So my encouragement to you is to see God in the light of a parent who sees His children's suffering and who feels their pain and in doing so, goes ahead to assure a good outcome.
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