The Blessings of Affliction


     Physical and emotional hedonism are wildly popular philosophies in our world.  Anything that feels good or that gives me pleasure is believed to be desirable; everything that does not ought to be avoided.  Psalm 119:67 clearly contradicts this mindset.  “Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I keep your Word.”  Afflictions are a blessing when:

  • They make you wiser.
  • They reveal hidden imperfections in your heart and/or faith.
  • They prompt you to purge sin from your life.
  • They increase your appetite for prayer and spiritual pursuits.
  • They decrease your love of the world.
  • They motive you to draw closer to God.
  • They intensify your determination to obey God more precisely and promptly.
  • They allow you to have greater fellowship with Christ and His sufferings.

     “…though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered…For whom the Lord loves He chastens and scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 5:8; 12:6).

     Many rich blessings are found in the furnace of affliction!

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