“I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.”
Any amount seems like “very much” when we are going through affliction, but it is our perspective of affliction that makes the difference.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“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.”
We must make the choice that regardless of our affliction, we will allow the Word of God to make the difference in our lives.
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”
Sometimes the Lord chooses not to remove our affliction. Paul prayed persistently for his physical infirmity to be taken away. He believed the Lord could heal him; however, God chose to give His sufficient grace to Paul instead. The Lord’s strength was made perfect in Paul’s weakness as he decided to allow the Lord to display His power through his infirmity.
2 Corithians 12:8-10
“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must correct our perspective of affliction.
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