Psalm 119:71-It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes.
AFFLICTED-thlipsis in the greek. Persecution, affliction, distress, tribulation.
The writer of this text is a man who has known great troubles in his life.
The good news in what he went through was the fact that it taught him how to Obey God's Word for He said "it was good for me that I have been afflicted for it has taught me to obey your Word."
In other words, before trouble entered into my life, in rebellion against God, I did what I wanted to, when I wanted to and how I wanted to.
But, it was my afflictions, my trouble, pain and suffering that brought me back to God.
It is in affliction, pain and suffering where God's unconditional love and compassion is seen. Coming to the end of ourselves will give us clear view.
Isaiah said in the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord high and lifted up.
Debra said "in her afflictions" I too saw the Lord high and lifted up above all my struggles, pains and suffering. It was in my "afflictions" where I gained a new perspective of God and my need for Him like never before.
Job, in his afflictions, trusted God and was blessed by God in a greater knowledge of Him and in tangible wealth.
Believe it or not, but God does not allow trouble to happen for no reason at all. He is involved in them and He has a purpose in allowing trouble to come our way, regardless of how bad they may seem. Trouble in our lives is no accident!
Can we too say that before our troubles, we went astray doing what we wanted to do when we wanted to? YES, we all did and yes, it was trouble that lead us to God. Therefore, it was good that we too were afflicted for it forced us to trust and obey God.
Unfortunately, some of life's beneficial lessons are only taught and learned through pain and suffering.
We all can remember hearing our parents when we were growing up saying "do not do this, do not do that, do not touch this, do not touch that." We've all heard it and yes, we've all disobeyed those orders and went astray at times after hearing them.
Look back over your life and all that you have suffered. We all have benefited from suffering in one way or another. It was the best thing that could have happened to us for it taught us to obey God commands.
In this text we see what was harvested from the trouble that the psalmist went through. The fruit called "obedience".
The purpose of pain and suffering is not to hurt us but to teach us things we would otherwise not know.
It appears that trouble, hard times, pain and sufferings always places our mind on God, even if we choose not to seek Him in them.
Are you in a place of pain and suffering right now? Psalm 34:17-The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
God heard you also the first time you cried out to Him. And He started working on your deliverance immediately.
God's purpose is to refine us. To put us in the refiners furnace and to have us look more like Christ every time we come out of the fire.
It is in His fiery furnace where God is pouring more of His spirit and power within us.
When affliction comes our way, what is God teaching us? What is the value of our trouble? It is a personal relationship with Christ.
One lesson we can learn during our afflictions is that they are not about us, but about God. When God sends us an affliction, it is to get our attention to the fact that God is in control of our lives.
Afflictions are meant to draw our attention to God who is our maker, creator and sustainer.
Afflictions forces us to depend, trust, hope and have faith in God for He alone is the one who can truly deliver us. Psalm 46:1- God is our refuge and strength, a well-proven help in trouble.
Is it good that you we have been afflicted because it taught us how to glorify God and be a witness of the goodness of God to others after He brings us out.
We overcome afflictions by the blood and the word of our testimony!
Psalm 119:67- Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your Word.