“For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.”
God doesn not take pleasure in punishing people. One of the main reasons society and families are breaking down is because we have allowed man’s law to punish us for discipling our children, and we oursleves have lost all perspective and conviction. We feel no guilt for our actions and live by a “to each their own” philosophy!
It is of the Lord’s mercies that some men are not consumed. Being humbled and seeing himself and his sinfulness in a proper point of view, he finds that God, instead of dealing with him in judgment has dealt with him in mercy and that though the affliction was excessive, it was less than his iniquity deserved.
If any sinner is kept out of hell, it is because God’s compassion does not fail.
But though He cause grief, as The Lord sometimes does in His own people by convincing them of sin and producing in them godly sorrow, which produces repentance. If more of us today would allow ourselves to be more sensitive to God’s influence instead of that of man and the world our churches would be less like social clubs and more like houses of prayer as they ought be!
Yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. His mercies are many, both temporal and spiritual. We lack the discernment to see beyond whats in fron of our faces. We see dollar signs and toys and entertainment and forget that God is seeking our attention! we are distracted by the things of the world and then turn and cry to God when our choices and actions have consequences!
For He doth not afflict willingly” It is no pleasure to God to afflict men. He takes no delight in our pain and misery yet like a tender and loving parent, He uses the rod; not to gratify Himself, but to profit and save us.
Some kids today ask this silly question. “How does punishment and discipline teach us anything?” This is what we have come to. Children, teenagers just want everythign handed to them and not have to do any thing for it! Too many adults are very much like this now as well …
Too much entitlement and worrying over financial stress in an attempt to keep your kids happy and not enough seeking God and teaching them His ways!