WHY DOES GOD ALLOW AFFLICTIONS?

Memorize: It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver “Psalm 119:71&72.

Devotional Reading: Psalm 119:50-72

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 for his own glory and our advantage. You probably must have learnt about Job. God used his affliction to bless and to train him, his latter end was greater than his former. 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? How do we take affliction? 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 be patient and see the glory in our cloudy day – 2 Cor 4:17; It pays to learn from the Psalmist. We should know that God loves us, His thoughts for us are good Jeremiah 29:11. He is concerned about our travails. The adversity He allows in our lives is for a purpose, not to destroy us but to bring out something good. God doesn’t do evil but he allow them in order for us to get better, stronger and be prepared for what is ahead.

If you are going through some challenges and wonder where God is, always remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test. Gold needs enough fire for its beauty to become visible and attractive. God will always come to promote you from good to better and from better to great, It is issues around us that He uses to make us better. My prayer for you today is that God will help you to be patient and endure affliction so that the best of you can be revealed. I pray for you also that your afflictions will not be in vain in Jesus name.

Hold on, Jesus is in your boat, so you can smile at the storm. He is aware of all the troubles around you, He allows them because he know you can go through and come out refined. Weeping may endure for a night, JOY comes in the morning. Your time of joy has come in the name of Jesus.

Prayer point: Jesus, please help my anchor steadfastly hold unto you in times of storm.

Key Dose: Remember that you have an anchor that stills the soul, steadfast and sure while the billows roll, that anchor is JESUS!

Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)

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