Saturday, September 21, 2013

Not Willingly

Jeremiah talks about suffering and mercy and the Lord's compassion (Lamentations 3)
Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.  For He does not afflict willingly.

Paul talks about how we are sons of God, joined to Christ, suffering now but awaiting redemption and glory (Romans 8).  Again we hear about God's unwillingness.
The creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope.

That must be why we call it God's "alien work." He doesn't want to punish, but He will do it if necessary to rescue us.

It's like Paul and Jeremiah are saying and believing the same thing.

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