Topic: When Afflictions Are Comely [Wednesday April 19, 2017]
Text: Psalm 119:65-72
Key Verse: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better…” (Psalm 119:71,72).
Nothing happens accidentally in God’s economy. Every event or circumstance that occurs to God’s children are ultimately for their good. Even in the seeming negatives of life, God uses everything to His and to our advantage. You probably must have learnt about Job. God used his affliction to bless and to train him. In this wonderful Psalm 119, the writer discovered that there is something good in his afflictions. He had said “before I was afflicted I went astray”.
He saw God using his afflictions to make him better than he was. How do we react to adversity? People often wonder why bad things happen to good people. We learn from the Psalmist that good people may need to become better, and that’s why affliction sometimes come. Also, our affliction may be direct answers to prayer. It is good to always find out something good about our cloudy day. It pays to learn from the Psalmist. We should know that God loves us and is concerned about our travails. The adversity He allows in our lives is for a purpose. If you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, always remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test.
God will always come to promote you from good to better and from better to great! Your afflictions will never be in vain. Even so, no child of God is exempted from afflictions for God always trains those dear to Him, in the furnace of affliction.
Thought for the day: Weeping endures only for a night.
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