vs. 31. The Lord doesn’t cast off anyone forever. What great news! If you feel like God has cast you off or rejected you, take heart!
vs. 32. He will show compassion on you, even if He brings you grief. He still loves you with His unfailing love.
vs. 33. It is not His desire to bring affliction or grief or suffering to anyone.
Until a few years ago, I never thought of God as the One who causes grief or suffering. I had read the evidence in the Bible, but somehow passed right by it. In more recent years, I have realized that God doesn’t simply allow suffering, but sometimes causes it. Why? If we trust that God truly loves us, we must trust that what He brings into our lives is ultimately for our own good. It’s what is needed to transform rebellious, hard-headed human beings into the likeness of His Son.
Imagine the suffering Jesus went through for us. He submitted to His Father’s will. Why? He loves His Father and He knew that the joy set before Him would make it all worth it. He knew it was part of His Father’s plan to reconcile the world to Him. Jesus knew that without His suffering, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, He and His Father would be separated from us forever. That would be the ultimate grief. A grief He apparently wasn’t willing to have either His Father or Himself go through.
Just as Jesus trusted His Father’s plan to turn His suffering into joy, we, too, must trust in God’s plan for our lives and that He will turn our present sufferings into our eternal joy with Him.
Thank you, Father, for not rejecting us forever. Thank you for making it possible for us to be reconciled with You, so that we may one day be with You forever, praising Jesus as King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and our precious Redeemer and Friend. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for submitting to your Father’s will so that we could be with You forever. Amen.
Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. -Hebrews 12:1-2 (WEB)