How do you feel about affliction? What is your go-to response? I admit my first reaction is usually to avoid it and run from it at all costs. I like ease and comfortability. The verses we journaled last week from Psalm 119:65-80 are rich lessons for us in our approach to and attitude toward affliction.
Did you notice that this stanza begins with a note of gratitude?
You have dealt well with your servant, O Lord, according to your word. —Psalm 119:65
Think of all the ways God has dealt well with us. He loves us, He chose us, He called us, He drew us to Himself. He rescued us, He declared us righteous, He forgave us, He put His Spirit with us, He adopted us into His family. He makes us kings and priests and co-workers with Him, and He rewards all our work for Him.
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. —Psalm 119:67
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes. —Psalm 119:71
What would prompt the psalmist to be grateful for affliction?…continue reading