from the desk of Rev. Steve Daniels, Jr.
“The Benefits of Suffering”
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”
The psalmist had disobeyed the Word of God and gone astray. His disobedience of God’s Word brought affliction into his life. If any of us remember a time in which we had no trouble, we also probably recollect that then grace was low, and temptation was strong.
Affliction masters that growing selfwilledness which leads us to try and take life into our own hands, and bring to us the humility to keep well within the limits of God’s Word. Afflictions provide times of meditation. When we can do nothing, we have a chance to think. Affliction comes, makes us stop and think, and look back up.
The psalmist concluded that it was good that he suffered for the Word. His affliction was good for him, because it humbled him. His trouble drove him to deeper study of God’s Word. His pain gave him far more in the Scripture than it cost him in affliction.