Daily Devotions with Spurgeon: 5th November

What Is Painful Will End

I will not contend for ever, neither will I always be angry: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. (Isaiah 57:16)

Our heavenly Father seeks our instruction, not our destruction. His contention with us has a kind intention toward us. We think the Lord is long in His chastisements, but that is because we are short in our patience. His compassion endures forever, but not His contention. The night may drag its weary length along, but it must in the end give place to cheerful day. The Lord loves His chosen too well to be always angry with them.

Courage, dear heart! The Lord will soon end His chiding. He who made you knows how frail you are and how little you can bear. He will handle tenderly that which He has fashioned so delicately. Therefore, be not afraid because of the painful present, for it hastens to a happy future. His little wrath shall be followed by great mercies.

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