Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Good Affliction

 69The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
 70Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.
 71It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
 72The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. 
(Psalm 119:69-72, King James Version)

Good Affliction

How willing are we to speak of good affliction? How can affliction be good? We would all much rather face 1000 beautiful days that one day of affliction, and yet that one day of affliction can produce more than 1000 beautiful days! How can that be?

The Psalmist understood the pure, unadulterated treasure he had in the law of God, for he understood, The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver. That is the voice of maturity speaking.

One of the most difficult concepts for true believers to understand is the true wickedness and deception of the ungodly. As we model the character of Christ we must do so wisely, always understanding the true heart of man. For man, apart from Christ, is only evil continually. The Psalmist experienced this first hand when he stated, The proud have forged a lie against me . . . their heart is as fat as grease (their hearts are callous and unfeeling, NIV), but I delight in thy law.

Oh how important it is for the children of God to constantly find themselves pouring over the Word of God, memorizing it, meditating upon it, and making it their standard of life, for the law of God protects us from the wiles of the wicked. Even when we can make no sense of our circumstances, especially when going through great afflictions, we know that our God, who loves us with an unsurpassed love, measures our afflictions so that we grow in them, but are not discouraged or undone by them.

Rightly, the Psalmist turned away from the actions of those who lied against him and set his heart upon the Lord. What a golden example for Christians today. We have so much more than the Psalmist had, for Christ has come, He has paid the debt of our sins, and He has sent His Spirit to dwell within our hearts and lead us in the way we ought to go.

The next time we experience affliction, let us turn to God and thank Him for the good affliction He has sent, for He desires that we become more and more like Him. Only through these means can we gain that wonderful peace that passes all understanding; only in Christ will we find all of the the joy and peace that this life can offer. Only in Christ can we look forward to a greater life to come when we will live with Him forever!

God Bless You,

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