“...I will do you no hurt.” – Jeremiah 25:6
At first glance this doesn’t seem to be true. However, if you keep it in context, consider all the Scriptures, and understand the word “hurt”, it cannot be denied. Our problem is that we generally associate hurt with harm. The fact is that what hurts us, in the sense of pain, can also help us. Since all God’s children suffer, how can it be said that He will not “hurt” us. Here’s the answer. The Hebrew word translated “hurt” means evil or bad–something we can never accuse God of being the author of. It doesn’t have reference to mere pain. James Smith explained the verse like this:
“How is it possible that a God of love, who is full of compassion, plenteous in mercy, ready to forgive, waiting to be gracious, should do His children hurt? It cannot be. His dealings may cause us pain, but nothing shall by any means harm us.
We ought rather to argue with Paul, “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” He sent His ancient people as captives to Babylon, but it was for their good; He allowed His children to be cast into the fiery furnace, into the lion’s den, to be driven out to wander in sheep-skins and goat-skins, but He did not allow them to be hurt; all was sanctified to them, and the curse was turned into a blessing.
If He scourge us with one hand, He will support us with the other, and at last we shall come up before His throne, out of great tribulation, having washed our robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Not one who has arrived safe in heaven will say that his God allowed him to be hurt, notwithstanding the trials endured by the way. Nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Lord, I would my all resign,
Gladly lose my will in Thine,
Careless be of things below,
Thee alone content to know;
Simple, innocent, and free,
Seeking all my bliss in Thee”