If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way:
Stomping down hard on luckless prisoners,
Refusing justice to victims in the court of High God,
Tampering with evidence - the Master does not approve of such things. God Speaks Both Good Things and Hard Things into Being
Who do you think "spoke and it happened"? It's the Master who gives such orders.
Doesn't the High God speak everything, good things and hard things alike, into being?
And why would anyone gifted with life complain when punished for sin?
Let's take a good look at the way we're living and reorder our lives under God.
Let's lift our hearts and hands at one and the same time, praying to God in heaven:
"We've been contrary and willful, and you haven't forgiven.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)