As I go through this study I’m amazed at how much I can relate to David and his spiritual growth.
Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. Psalms 119:67
Affliction has a powerful effect on a person. It puts our faith to the test. It will either grow our faith or push us further from God.
Affliction is defined as a state of pain, distress, or grief.
I’m sure we’ve all been through something painful or causes grief in our lives.
Sometimes, I feel like I’ve gotten enough affliction to last me through two lifetimes. I’ve often begged God to take a break from the heartache.
Sadly, like David, there was a time in my life that affliction pushed me away from God.
It wasn’t long after my husband and I were married that were expecting our first baby. I’m sure everyone can relate to the extreme joy you feel as you see those pink lines.
Women are made to fall in love instantly and I sure did. I told everyone close to me that very day, despite being early in the pregnancy. I was just so excited I could burst!
But those feelings didn’t last long. Less than a week later, I woke up very early to discover that we were losing our precious little one.
The tears started and didn’t stop for quite some time.
Many people, suggested going to the emergency room to get things checked out and as a newbie to this, off we went.
One of the worst days of my life. I can still remember the doctor telling us what we already knew. The tears didn’t stop all night.
I questioned God, over and over, how could He allow such a terrible thing to happen? Why us? What was wrong with my body? I couldn’t stop asking why and the more I did the more I withdrew myself from God and became angry.
I couldn’t see any good coming from the pain I was experiencing.
My affliction, my pain, my grief made me stray from God.
Just as David had experienced.
Nearly 6 years later and that event has stayed with me as if were yesterday. Not only the sadness and grief but also how I responded.
Sadly, I failed a test of my faith and it took me years to recover in my spiritual walk.
In the very next verse David writes, Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. Psalm 119:68
Oh, how I wish this was view when my miscarriage happened! I tried hard, sang the songs and went through the motions but my heart was not it. I was no longer seeking God with my whole heart.
During these trying times, we need to remember that God is always good and does good. We need to trust Him and His will for our lives.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Psalm 119:71
When this is our viewpoint during affliction we are drawing closer to God.
How to stay close to God during times of affliction:
Remember, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10b
Ask Him to show you what He is trying to teach you.
Trust that He promises to use it for good some day.
Maybe not now but it will work out for good in the future. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Change your focus on how God has been good in your life and how blessed you truly are.
And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. Ezekiel 34:26
Looking back, I regret my response but years later I can see how it has changed me spiritually. Its easier for me to stay closer to God during affliction because of this event; I don’t ever want to go back to that spot. I have been able to help and encourage many other women close to me going through a miscarriage. God is good and does good through it all!
If you are facing affliction today, don’t push God away!
Your turn! How has affliction shaped your life? How do you stay close to God during your trials?
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