By Marni Montanez
Psalm 119:75 New King James Version (NKJV)
75. I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
This is a hard verse to understand, because most believers have the impression that God is good and good means that He would never do anything to cause pain or discomfort.
The truth is that God is good and He is good all the time, even when He
is allowing or doing something that causes discomfort or pain. The problem
is that we donít understand the good behind it until we see the results from
the hard things God has allowed.
God looks upon us and He judges us accurately. He knows the motive and intention of our hearts better than we do. He knows what will bring us into submission and what will cause us to be broken. But in order for all the good to happen to us as God wants, our fleshly or carnal nature must be eliminated; this means to be put to death. The death of our carnal or fleshly nature is a process and sometimes it is a long process. Other times itís an aha moment and doesnít require anything more.
God calls us to be perfect; spiritually we are positioned with Christ in perfection, but our soul has issues that only God can change and heal. Sometimes the affliction God allows is for the very purpose of making us all that He designed us to be. He is faithful to make sure We arrive at the destiny He has ordained for us and that we arrive in good and perfect order. We have two destinies and yet both intertwine with each other. One is our heavenly destination when our bodies die and our soul is taken up to heaven, and the other is our spiritual destination on earth which can be referred to as our promise land.
God helps us to grow and become strengthened by allowing adversity, pain and suffering to come into our lives.. This prunes off what will only weigh us down and cause us to be emotionally and spiritually lethargic and apathetic to the important work God has called us to.
God deals with the whole person; our body, soul and spirit.
He is faithful to afflict means He knows the importance of what suffering offers.
It offers us strength and stability after it has done itís important work. It offers us the ability to climb to higher ground and to stand ready and purposeful at our posts with confidence.
Challenge: Surrender to what God is doing in and through you. When it
is uncomfortable or painful, say yes to God.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.