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Results of Affliction

Posted by Emma on May 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Filed under:Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.” Psalm 119:67

God uses afflictions in our lives to bring us closer to Him and weed out impurities. When hard times come our way, we should use them to draw closer to God and learn what He wants to teach us.

The first word in this verse is טרם (terem) which is an adverb meaning before. The next word is אענה (e’eneh), a verb meaning be afflicted. Affliction is never fun and can come in many forms. It can be a physical injury that hurts us or causes us trouble. It can be words some says to us, someone who is continually teasing us. It can be a hard circumstance we are going through. Affliction comes in many forms but we can choose how we will react to it. If we react rightly, it will draw us closer to God and act as a refining fire. If we react wrongly, we will just have trouble and nothing good to show for it.

The word אני (ani) is a pronoun meaning I. שגג (shogeeg) means go astray, commit sin or error. It seems to talk more of committing sin ignorantly or unintentionally than intentional sin. It is easy to go astray and start sinning without really realizing it. God often uses affliction to refine us and bring us back to Him and rid us of those sins.

ועתה (ve’atah) starts with a ו (vav) meaning and. The main part of the word means now. It is talking of the time right now, this present moment. אמרתך (imeratecha) means thy utterance, speech or word. This is especially talking about sayings and words of command and promise. These are God’s words found in the Bible. The last word is שמרתי (shamareti) which means keep, watch, preserve. The Psalmist is keeping God’s words. He is doing them and preserving them for the next generation to do. We do not learn God’s words just to benefit us. When we learn them others will see them in us and we can teach them to others benefitting those who will follow us.

It is easy to fall into unintentional sin and go astray from God’s way. The Psalmist, who clearly loves God a lot, went astray. But God is gracious. He will bring us back to Him. In Revelations 3:19 it says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” It is nice that God will bring us back to Him. Sometimes He uses affliction to do that. When we are afflicted, we should look at it as a trial from God to refine us as pure gold and consider what wrong attitudes, actions, or thoughts need removed from our lives. Use times of affliction to draw closer to the Master so that like the Psalmist you can say, now I keep God’s words. Keeping God’s word in our hearts and always doing it is the surest way to stay right with God. Let me encourage you to know the Bible and when afflictions come use it as a time to draw closer to God and become more like Christ. May you be able to say, “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now I have kept thy word.” Keep God’s word every moment of your life!

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