"For the Lord will not cast off forever: but though He cause grief, yet will He
have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He doth not afflict
willingly nor grieve the children of men." Lam. 3:31-33.
6. Does He afflict to leave the one chastened in despair?
"Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the
chastening of the Almighty: for He maketh sore, and bindeth up: He woundeth, and His
hands make whole." Job 5:17,18.
7. In what language is the same truth again expressed?
"Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us;
He hath smitten, arid He will bind us up." Hosea 6:1. See also Isa. 61:1-3.
8. Whom does the Lord chasten?
"For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He
receiveth." Heb. 12:6.
9. Is this, for the time being, a source of pleasure?
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:
nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which
are exercised thereby." Verse 11.
NOTE.-"Many of the sweetest joys of Christian hearts are songs which have been
learned in the bitterness of trial." "Many a cold, icy nature is made warm and
tender by the grief that crushes it."- "Week-Day Religion," by J. R.
Miller, D. D., pages 91, 93.
10. What, aside from sin, causes more sorrow than all else?
Death, or the loss of loved ones.
11. Does death bring to Christians unassuaged sorrow?
"I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that
ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope." 1 Thess. 4:13.
NOTE.-The loss of loved ones God often uses as a means of conversion and of severing
the ties which bind to earth. Persecution; sickness; the loss of sight, hearing, or limb;
the loss of property; or other calamities may likewise be instrumental in drawing us
nearer to God. See Ps. 119:71; Isa. 26:9.
12. What do our transient afflictions do for us?
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more
exceeding and eternal weight of glory." 2 Cor. 4:17. See Rom. 8:28.