Affliction is Good?

Posted by Emma on May 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Filed under:Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Psalm 119:71

How many of us can honestly say it was good for me that I was afflicted? Sometimes when we have come through the affliction and things are better we can say that, but do we say it when we are in the midst of affliction? It would all depend on our perspective. We must make sure we have the right perspective regarding life so that we see the good in affliction and it results in good. This verse is very similar to verse 67, “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.” When sometime is repeated in the Bible we should take notice of it. We must make sure affliction has the proper results in our lives, we should draw closer to the Lord because of it.

The first word in this verse is טוב (tov) which means good. It is followed by the word לי (li) which means me. כי (ci) is a conjunction meaning that or for.  עניתי (uneeti) is a verb meaning afflicted. So the Psalmist is saying that it is good for him that he was afflicted.

The next word is למען (lema’an) means on account of, in order that. אלמד (elemad) is a verb meaning exercise in, learn something. The final word in this verse is חקיך (chukecha) which means thy statutes. These are the things God has prescribed for us to do.

Just being afflicted in and of itself is not a good thing. Affliction is not comfortable nor is it something we would want. But if that affliction results in our drawing closer to the Lord and learning more of Him and how to better obey Him, it is a good thing. When affliction comes our way, we should seek the Lord to learn what He is wanting to teach us, then we should apply what we have learned to our lives and make sure we are obeying Him. Often affliction is a way of discipline us if we stray from his path, but it sometimes just comes to test us or draw us closer to the Master. We should not automatically assume that affliction means we are being disciplined, but we should always start seeking God more and use it as  a time to draw closer to Him. Next time you are afflicted, turn to God and draw closer to Him. Make sure you are obeying His commands so that you can say, it was good that I was affliction that I might learn thy statutes.

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