From the moment Clare rose her face from the desk, I knew something was wrong.
For years, Clare had been waiting for some good news. She’s been disappointed so many a time.
Devout in her faith, Clare had prayed diligently and believed in God but nothing seemed to change much…
Dear Purple Reader, today, I’ll be sharing with you something on affliction which I have title And this, too, shall pass.
Just as we suffer because we live in a fallen world, we also suffer because of our own folly. Meanwhile, some afflictions are allowed by God for some reasons; as a means of God’s discipline.
For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son He receives. [Hebrews 12:6]
I’ve learnt, the best of God’s children need chastisement. They have their faults and follies, which need to be corrected; as a father would do to his son.
Though God may let others alone in their sins, He will correct sin in His own children; as they are of His family, and shall not escape His rebukes when necessary.
It is imperative to know that God does not allow afflictions for no good reason.
He may probably be delivering us from pride. Just as we see in the case of Paul in [2 Corinthians 12:7]. The apostle gives an account of how he was pained with a thorn in the flesh, and buffeted with a messenger of Satan by God to keep him humble, and to prevent his being lifted up above measure.
Afflictions stir us to pray and keep us dependent on God. It also drives us to God’s word:
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. [Psalms 119:71]
It reminds us of God’s grace and makes us thankful when we’ve been delivered.
And above all, it makes us like Christ.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. [2 Corinthians 4:17-18]
Another thing to note about afflictions is that they are temporal.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. [Psalms 34:19-20]
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us. [Romans 8:18]
… weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. [Psalms 30:5]
Dear Clare, I wish that you go home with this:
For He has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and He has not hidden His face from him, but has heard, when he cried to Him.
Whatever the reason for your afflictions, they are, but for a moment.
Drop a comment, share with us how this truth shapes you.
Until next time, keep sharing the love of Christ!
This post was written by: Gbemisola Isaacs (@GbemisolaIsaacs), founder of Dear Purple Woman.