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Psalm 119:65-80

Did you notice how affliction (hardship, suffering, difficulty) is woven throughout Psalm 119:65-80? It's pretty clear from this passage that we're going to experience affliction. (Gulp) But then we see that those times of suffering and difficulty can actually be good for us. "It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes." (verse 71). This is tough because no one likes suffering or hard times. Yet, as I look back over my life, those times of affliction have taught me so much about trusting God, patience and loving others--just to name a few.

So what lessons have you learned through affliction? Any thoughts on why, many times, it takes us being afflicted is to really learn God's Word and what He has for us? Tami W.

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sometimes we go through affliction, so that we may draw back to our heavenly farther. Other times it is to prepare us so that another door may open. I have learn to trust in the Lord, he will see me through and yes I have gotten stronger because of it. I know now it is to prepare me for the future or to open up another door for me so that I can be blessed either way I may not understan at the time of the affliction what is going to come out of it, but as I look back I either learned or was better prepared to work on the next step of my travel down the road. Sometimes looking back showed me how much God realy cares and Loves me.

When I run into hardship in my life. I turn to the Lord, he gives my comfort. I need these hardships at times to keep close the Him.Verse 71 put me in place and direction. We need to obey His commandments, In good and bad times.

It seems like, at least for me,when I face tough times I end up in those valley's with my walk, and the oppiste occurs when everything is going good, My walk is heading towards the mountain top, I can only share from my own personell experiances, when i share this with others they seem to be the complete oppisite. My prayer today is that when tough times face me that I have the same relationship/walk with JESUS as I do when times are good...THX for allowing me to share, Tc & God bless all

As C.S. Lewis said, "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our consciences, and shouts to us in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world." For me, painful times have been when I feel his presence the most, and I often learn lessons I needed to learn. We don't like to accept pain, but it is part of life and part of this world we live in, and if we are open and willing, God will lead us through and also teach us something - even though we may take a long time to learn! That is my experience with pain - it can be excruciating, almost unbearable, can bring out the difficult questions in life, but is necessary and unavoidable. Aren't we of faith blessed to walk with the Lord through these times. I think it takes affliction for God's word to get through very clearly, sometimes, as C.S. Lewis said so much more eloquantly than I!

Have a blessed weekend everyone,

Michelle

I once thought there were times of trial,and times of peace and blessing. I now think life is the trial, and the ongoing favor of God is His Word that changes my perspective, gives me peace, joy, and hope in the process. The wisdom of the Bible matures me, and I think this is reflected in my not viewing trials as problems, but as challenges faced by God's grace, for a purpose, which will have His intended result.

I myself am handicapped. I've been in a wheelchair now for 34+ years. The result of a car accident [although the word "accident" is not found in God's vocabulary!]

It's a rather long testimony, but in short after a few years of searching, and finally contemplating suicide - I finally saw my need and came to the Lord. He used this affliction to call me to himself. As the end result, I can honestly say, "I'd rather be disabled and know the Lord than to be in perfect health without knowing Him!"

I spent 10 years in Moscow as a missionary to other disabled children. The number 1 question I'd usually be asked was; "WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING?" There are so many answers to this question but the bottom line is that the Lord uses our affliction as a way for us to learn to depend upon Him more.

During my afflictions, I definately grow in God. It is a time where I feel down and out but the outcome is that I learn to rely on the Lord for everything. Its a time where His word is the only truth I can count on because it gives me hope,light, and a promise. My afflictions can also be a learning experience for my peers. As they watch me count on the Lord for everything and stay hopeful In the Him, it can have an impact on them to trust Him as our Savior. I pray that God may use me in anyway he can according to his purpose to fullfill His will. To God be the Glory.

Afflictions is such a harsh word. I prefer to think of them as tough times or rough patches! Afflictions are opportunities to learn about the grace and love of God, for me. Sometimes we go through things so that we can help others down the road, when God gives us the opportunity. God allows these times so that we can grow in preparation for our Heavenly home - rounding out the rough edges of our character, and deepening our faith.


It is during difficult times, and especially pain, (back pain and eventual back surgery) that I have been humbled enough to cry out to the Lord to help me. It's pride I think that has been in the way so much of the time, and pride that dissolved in the midst of pain and difficulties. James says, that "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble"(James 4:6) and "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up" (James 4:16) A promise I know to be true is found in the Psalms, "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit." The most wonderful thing, is to feel the close presence of the Lord. For me, it took a period of struggle,of fighting, and being angry with God until I finally gave up fighting and submitted to Him in my pain. Unbelievable joy came in submitting to Him, and trusting Him completely. The pain didn't go away right away, but the joy that came from submission to the Lord in my circumstances so much easier to bear. "Pride struggles! Grace Snuggles!"

I have learned, through my afflictions, that God is my source. He is all that I need. He has moved me out of relationships that were not for me and moved people who were mistreating away from me. God has told me, through The Scriptures that I will only have what He wants and when He wants me to have it.

I know that in those times when I didn't know where to turn, I turned to God and He dried my tears and as I read His Word, I could feel His embrace. He let me know that I was not alone. It was then, that I knew Who I belonged too. I know that it is difficult to always trust in the Lord because we allow flesh to take control. We have to stop that practice and let God do what He wants in our lives. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will not leave us stranded and alone. If we step back and follow, follow, FOLLOW Our Lord and Savior obediently we will see where God wants us and what He has for us.

Yes Steve, I have learned as you say that life trials are not problems but challenges. When these trials come upon us we must turn to God because without Him we can do nothing and these same trials teach us how to grow in our spiritual life and how to avoid worldly things and people, who just do not have love in their hearts. We must always pray for them as David did. Let us always ask, "What would Jesus do in this situation?" He will hears us and lead and guide us.

Ed, I do not know you but I thank God for you, you are a real blessing to Powered by 4 and you are a true testimony for others. You show us how we can turn our lives around when adversities strike in our lives. God is the answer and to Him be all glory and praise. May He continue to bless and strengthen you.

I found myself REALLY afflicted and in pain when my wife divorced me and took the kids inthe middle of the night. I found myself through it all to understand what forgiveness means inall it's glory. Bottom line is that Col. 3:24 Be gentle , never hold grudges. Remember The Lord forgave you so you MUST forgive others. Noone can do anything to me as bad as what I'd already done to JESUS.

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