If there is any one lie that you want to dispel and completely eradicate from your mind, it should be that God derives any joy from hurting man. Am I saying that I totally understand His Plan with regards to Suffering? I wish. It is a complicated subject and I am not going to pretend I know all the why's. The emphasis instead is on God as He voices His Unfailing Love and Compassion through this Verse. I love this Scripture because it reveals His incredible empathy and active concern for us. Beyond even that, He is making it known that He is Constant, and Faithful, and Greater than the Suffering. He is not the God that we sometimes make up out of human fears and logic. When I'm suffering, I can't superimpose my version of God on Him. He so far above all of that. The Cross is proof. He doesn't even need me to tell you this, because He said it Himself. I believe Him.
(Old post from a waaay back, so it's a little less professional, )
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