Sunday Worship: The Good of Affliction

It is good for me that I was afflicted,
that I might learn your statutes.  (Psalm 119:71 ESV)

Sometimes our hard times come from our consequences.  The rough spots are the results of something that we’ve done.

Sometimes our hard times are the result of trials where we are being pushed because of our faith.  These aren’t a result of what we’ve done, but a result of to whom we belong.

In either case, we may view these as afflictions.  And in either case, there is good that can result.  It’s not good to sin, but the consequence, affliction or pain that results can be good because it leads us to the Lord.  It’s not easy to feel the pain of trials, but this pain points us back to our Savior.

The psalmist notes that the affliction gave him the opportunity to “learn your statutes.”  In other words, when the tough times came, he dove into God’s word.

Pain is coming.  It’s a part of life.  But whatever the cause, let the pain do it’s job and point us back to the word of God, to the gospel and to Jesus Christ.

Boy, do I need to heed this message.

Amen and amen.

“Sunday Worship” is a weekly series that can hopefully be used to help prepare our hearts to worship God Almighty.  You can read all of the posts in this series by clicking here.


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