Timeless truths about suffering. So many who claim to be spokespersons for the Lord will say that God only wants you to be prosperous and healthy. “The prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord” endured suffering. They were faithful servants of God. Yet, they suffered. What was their outcome? Some died while others were delivered. In both cases the outcome reveals “that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.”
There are times when death is merciful. There are more times when God has withheld what we justly deserve, His wrath! That is His mercy! God is full of compassion. However, we view compassion based on our natural understanding. Our view of God’s compassion is based on a perspective that is extremely limited. We think it is compassionate when God extends someone’s life or does what we consider to be “right” and “good.”. It may be that eternity will reveal their death was very compassionate of God.
Job is another example. He refused to curse God even though all the evidence that could be seen said the opposite. The evidence is so clear that even Job’s wife encouraged him to curse God and die. But Job realized that while he was suffering incredibly and did not understand why, he could trust God.
Regardless of what is happening in your life, you can know that God is full of compassion and mercy.
“As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.” James 5:10-11 NASB