Why this?

Psalm 119:75 “I know, O Lord, . . . that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.”

For a believer, every single affliction that touches his or her life must pass through God first. He is our Great Shepherd and he never abandons His sheep. Nothing is greater than Him. And He is a Good Shepherd – always. He allows nothing that is not good for His sheep to touch his sheep. His rod and staff both comfort his sheep (Psalm 23:4). The rod is an implement of correction and the staff is an implement of support. Everything that touches the believer’s life is for one of those purposes and it’s all under the complete control of the One Who watches over us.

But do we know this? Do we believe it? Do we embrace this truth with all our heart? Do we know that “the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:12), or do we “despise his correction” and are we “weary of his reproof (Proverbs 3:11)?” Is its effect on us to make us angry, or bewildered, or anxious, or depressed? Do we wonder “Where is God?” when things go haywire in life?

The psalmist knew God was right there with him in his affliction and in fact it was because of God’s faithfulness to him that he was afflicted. It was because of God’s promise to never leave him or forsake him that he could trust God in each and every situation. With Paul, he could say “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).”

God is so patient with us as He over and over again gives us time to learn in a deeper sense than we’ve known up to this point in time that he is faithful to us. God help us to know this today better than we did yesterday and teach us to know this better tomorrow than we know it today.

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