Last week as my migraine pain got worse and worse, I wondered if it would ever stop.
It did. There was a limit.
My pain is carefully measured by God. It will not be too much.
"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." (Lamentations 3: 22-23)
"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies." (2 Corinthians 4:8-10)
"In His kindness God called you to His eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation. All power is His forever and ever. Amen." (1 Peter 5:10-11)
Our family has been struck recently through reading the book of Jeremiah, that God's judgment of the nations was carefully measured out. His justice was perfect in every case. Some evil nations were completely destroyed, but Israel would always have a surviving remnant, because of God's faithfulness to His covenant. God is just, and He is merciful.
This week I was also impacted through a study in the book of Revelation, that God allows Satan a measured amount of authority on the earth for a set time. Even while Satan seems to reign, God is ultimately still in control. And He is able to use even the worst of all evils for an even greater good.
The cross is the ultimate and complete demonstration of God's justice and His mercy. It was the full wrath of God poured out on Jesus, the Sinless One, so that we could receive His measureless mercy.
"It is easy to look at the cross and conclude that this was the worst miscarriage of human justice in the history of the world. And it was. It was an evil act, perpetrated by the hands of wicked men. But that is not the full story. The crucifixion of Christ was also the greatest act of divine justice ever carried out. It was done in full accord with "the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God." (Acts 2:23)--and for the highest of purposes: the death of Christ secured the salvation of untold numbers and opened the way for God to forgive sin without compromising His own perfectly holy standard." (The Murder of Jesus by John MacArthur)
God carefully measures out each person's pain and is able to use it for His ultimate good. God measures out judgment rightly in every individual case. And God has measured out the exact amount of Satan's authority on this earth. We are assured that God will be victorious in the end. And so will we, as we are on His side and He has counted us among the conquerors.
All power is His forever and ever. Amen.