“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” (NIV)
Earlier this week I was reading Psalm 119 and stumbled upon this colossal think bite: “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”
Huh? I stopped. Blinked. And read it again. (Insert head-scratching sound here.)
The writer of the Psalm (possibly David), says that it was GOOD for him to experience affliction. Why? Because it caused him to think more deeply about his life and return to God’s teachings.
Trials don’t have to be prison sentences; trials can be teachers.
So often we think about of our trials like stains on our souls, like code red threats to our happiness. And they probably are.
But they’re more than that.
Trials can be teachers who are worthy of our attention because they know what the trenches are like, that the trenches don’t win, and that there is something more on the other side.
I’m sure you’ve had a few trials. Maybe you’re in one right now. If you are, let me know, and I’ll pray for you, seriously. Either way, learn from your experience, admit the sin and brokenness you’ve let creep into your life, and let the whole messy gnarl draw you closer to your Creator and re-Creator.
“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” Remember, trials don’t have to be prison sentences; trials can be teachers.
Sometimes you need a shake-up to wake up.
By Matthew Ruttan