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But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the LORD, 'because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.' (Jeremiah 30:17)
A great promise of restoration to a people who were suffering at the hands of the enemy. God's own people were now being called "an outcast." It was like no one cared for them. Everyone seemed to have forsaken them and they were feeling very low.
As Gideon, one of the men whom God chose to be a judge of Israel once asked:
"But sir," Gideon replied, "if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, 'Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the Lord has abandoned us and put us into the hand of Midian." (Judges 6:13)
Israelites had sinned and so God had given them into the hands of the enemy then. But sometimes we may not find any explanation to the sufferings that we go through.
"Why God lets us suffer even when we are sure that we are not doing anything wrong" is a question that haunts many believers.
Not everything is explainable, but the promises of God are for us in times of suffering and finally he will grant the deliverance that we are so eager to have. The Bible says,
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10)
Restoration is guaranteed, so hold fast to his promises.
You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. (Psalm 102:13)
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherain