Affliction: Is it a curse or is it a blessing ... It is a blessing!
Affliction can be the ultimate blessing.
In our lifetime there will be times of tribulation. It is a certainty that we will experience sickness, illness and even death. Sometimes for friends, family or ourselves. Affliction will be present in our lives. You can pretty much assured of it happening. No maybe but a definitely. Each and every one of us someday will stop breathing and move on from this temporal life into our eternal life, the one that does last forever and the one that really counts. So is having this tribulation a curse or a blessing? Well, according to the Bible, it is actually a blessing. Imagine that something bad can be ultimately for something actually good. sometimes difficult for us to grasp. I often think about what it means to be a Christian. I am not talking about going to church on Sunday or reading the Bible or even having a bible study. All of those things are wonderful but that should come naturally in your walk of faith. Here I am talking about living by example. It is very easy to say I am a Christian but actually being one I think is the most difficult thing to do for ALL of us. I can only speak for myself when I say I have so much work to do. Whose work? His work. It is not about you or I. It is all about Him and what He did for us. He has provided for us.
We get so caught up in our selfish ways that if anything does not go our way we seem to fall apart like a cheap suit and revert to the "poor me" philosophy. God sometimes will examine us to determine our love for Him. He will place tribulation on us. There will be times of trouble, despair and disease. Stop and realize that when we go we are merely going back home to our Lord. It is another opportunity for us to express our love, commitment and devotion to our amazing God. He certainly exemplifies His love for us in the most immense and intense way possible. He goes to the cross for us. Not for anything that He did but for everything that we have done, are doing and will do. He died for our sin. That is the magnitude of God's love. It is well beyond our human understanding. He keeps all of His promises to us and sometimes gives us seasons that will ultimately make our faith even stronger.
So trouble will be present and it is guaranteed that tribulation will be ahead. Consider Job in the bible. At first He is blessed beyond belief. Then, he loses everything. His family, friends, riches, land, etc. etc. He develops illness and even wakes up with boils all over his skin. I am sure you have heard of " the patience of Job." It gets so bad for Job that he says it would have been better if I were never born. He is in a very bad state yet he maintains his love for the Lord. In fact his commitment to God is even stronger and he realizes God is the only place he can turn. It is so true. God is the only place we can turn. No matter what the outcome He is always there for us and He directs our path. Try to love Him the way that He loves you. The evangelist John Wesley once said, " Even in the greatest afflictions, we ought to testify to God, that, in receiving them from His hand, we feel pleasure in the midst of the pain, from being afflicted by Him who loves us, and whom we love." Know how much God loves you. Consider these verses on affliction:
Romans 5: 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character; hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
2nd Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted.
Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
God bless always.