He Does Not Afflict Willingly

The afflictions we see in life seem too difficult to bear;
We are upset when we look at suffering here and there.
We are disheartened when our hearts are filled with grief,
There seems to be little comfort, and hardly any relief.

We blame the circumstances of life, and perhaps even God;
We cannot comprehend the mysterious ways of the Lord.
Is there a way in which we can understand affliction?
There must be an answer to so much confusion!

The answer may lie in this observation about God;
“He does not afflict willingly”- this is our Lord!
He will not cast off His people for they are beloved;
He will yet show compassion till we are recovered!

There may be times of grief, but they will not last,
The times of affliction will soon be in the past.
Our hope in the Lord must remain true and strong;
A new song in our heart will arise before too long.

Lamentations 3:33

by Charles Tan


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