Psalm 119:67 Before I was afflicted I wandered, but now I keep Your word.
Afflicted-enuth in greek- Affected with continued or often repeated pain, either of body or mind; suffering grief or distress, of any kind; Difficult or painful circumstances or situations.
Wandered- to stray, ramble here and there without any certain course or object in view; as, to wander over the fields; to wander about the town, or about the country. To deviate from duty.
The psalmist declares in this text that affliction was good for him because it forced him back to the Word of God.
What the Psalmist found out was in doing what he wanted to do in casting the word of God aside for his own pleasure caused him to go astray and suffer unnecessary pain.
In learning from the ignorance of casting aside God's Word in his life, the Psalmist now knows the price of going astray and the consequence of affliction that comes with straying away from it.
Where has straying away from God landed you at? What trap or pit have you fallen into? Has affliction lead you back to the Word of God? I can only hope and pray that it did.
We know that scripture declares in 2 timothy 3:12 that all that live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But, this text is not referencing this type of suffering. The suffering in this text is self inflicted through abandonment of God's Word.
In our ignorance, we all have wandered from God’s Word and went astray on our own chasing what our flesh wanted and not wanting to hear nothing about the Word of God , so we thought until trouble came.
Trouble that came to give us a view of God, even if it was just for a moment.
Even though we are saved, our flesh still wants to rule.
It is the Word of God that brings our flesh under subjection and obedience to the authority of God's Word. God and His Word go hand in hand. You can not have one without the other.
Just like the Psalmist, we too must learn that God's word is essential to our spiritual growth and life for without it we too will wander, go astray and suffer many avoidable afflictions.
Suffering and affliction helps us to learn God’s statues, it teaches us how to obey His Word and it causes us not to forget His Word, but how to affirm, apply and obey it.
It was not until after the Psalmist was afflicted that he changed his course into the right way of keeping God’s word. We are no different than he. We do better spiritually after we too have suffered affliction.
Pain is God’s sounding bell to awaken a sleeping universe.
The Psalmist pain lead him back to the Lord.
Where he once served self, did what was right in his own eyes, he now obeys God’s Word.
Believe it or not, it is in troubles, crisis, pain, struggles and suffering where true spiritual growth takes place. These are just a few of the many ways of affliction that God uses to get out attention. Indeed, He has a purpose in why He allows them.
Affliction is indeed painful to endure, but beneficial to the soul of man.
Through the process of affliction we as believer learns to appreciate the goodness of God’s character and His actions. Therefore, being afflicted leads us to greater intimacy with God.
Growth means change and change can be painful and is necessary. Have you ever heard the phrase “no pain, no gain”?
The thing about us as humans is we tend to seek change when the painful circumstance or situation of our life hurts more by being unsolved.
Empowered with this assurance of God’s Word, like the Psalmist, we too can find comfort in God’s Word in our time of affliction.
Going astray and being afflicted definitely go hand in hand. LOL! Oh, how true!
It often takes affliction to get us to realize our sin and rebellion against God. It is through the pain of affliction that we see the lines we have wrongfully crossed.
Afflictions of life has taught us to humble ourselves before God and under His Mighty Hands.
Affliction produces in us patience and submission to the divine will of God for our lives.
Affliction calls us from wandering to returning to the path of Holiness and duty in the Kingdom of God.
God knows the heart of every one of us and he knows the best way to reach our hearts.
Whatever God has to allow to get us where we are suppose to be in Him, He will allow it, not to hurt us, but to help us.
Before I was afflicted I wandered, but now I keep Your Word. Is this your testimony on today?