LAMENTATIONS 3
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38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

We shall make a mistake in looking anywhere for unmixed good till the proclamation is heard,

"Behold the tabernacle of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things have passed away" (Rev. 21:3).

Most people will readily admit that we must not look for unmixed good till this time arrives; yet there is a tendency to overlook the constitutional evil of the present order of things, and a tacit assumption that evil cannot be among the experiences of those with whom God is pleased. The fact is that the very best experience at present is only a state of divinely regulated evil, and that the occurrence of evil is one of the necessities involved in the development of saints from a race of unjustified sinners. All are sinners more or less, and,

"Wherefore doth a man complain for the punishment of his sins?"

While all are sinners, more or less, some are forgiven sinners-those who fear and obey God, confessing their sins and forsaking them. All things work together for the final good of this class; but amongst these "all things" evil itself has a place.

God is the judge of when and how much it is needed... and let us rightly interpret our lives and not imagine ourselves God-forsaken if we are called upon to drink perhaps many a bitter cup. In everything consider the end. The end will be joyous and gladness unutterable.

Ways of Providence Ch 7