Faithfully Afflicted

My pastor recently introduced me to the S.O.A.P. Bible study method and, as I’m enjoying it quite a bit, I thought I’d share some of what the Lord’s been teaching me. Hope you enjoy!

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Scripture

Psalm 119:75

“I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.”

Observe

The word ‘judgments,’ as it’s used here, doesn’t mean ‘punishments’ but rather ‘decisions.’ God makes the right – and the righteous – decisions every time. He is God. He knows the beginning from the end and He sees the whole picture. He is in Heaven, outside of time, looking out across all eternity. He sees all the little details and He knows how to make them work together for His glory and our good. He makes the right call. Every. Time. And when that call hurts us, or doesn’t protect us from getting hurt, it’s still the right call. What’s more, those calls, even the ones that bring about afflictions, are all made in perfect faithfulness to us. He is kind, wise, merciful, and loving, even when it hurts. Even when He hurts. These afflictions are sent from a merciful and kind heart.

Application

I don’t agree with or approve of several, several, of the decisions God has made in my life over the last… well, over my whole life, actually. If I was holding the pen, I would have written a very different story. Furthermore, I don’t agree with the decisions He’s made in the lives of those around me either. They don’t feel righteous or just or faithful to me. Not at all. Biggest case in point is my infertility. I don’t agree with the Lord’s decision to withhold children from me. And I have a heart full of judgment when I look at women whom He has chosen to bless in that way. I don’t at all like the afflictions He’s placed in my husband’s life, in my best friend’s life, in the lives of other people I know and love… none of it feels like it’s been done in faithfulness.

But it has. The Bible says it has. And we can’t go by ‘the feels,’ we have to stand on the truth. So if I can’t get the truth to reconcile with what I’m feeling, I have to work on my feelings, and the root cause behind them, to get them to align with the truth. And the truth is that God is good. He is a good, good Father. He loves us, and He cares about us, and He knows what He’s doing. Even when it hurts. God. Is. Good.

Prayer

I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. Therefore, I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.  Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me. I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You; therefore, I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes. Amen

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About Leah Ness

I am a self-professed story addict. Ever since I was little, I've had an overactive imagination and a passion for a well-spun yarn. When I grew up, I was blessed with a passion for God as well. It was then that I noticed a relative shortage of unique Christian fiction, the kind that can both captivate you and glorify God. So, despite the hurdles of things like commas and homonyms, I am endeavoring to write some of my own. Check out my Books page for updates on current and future books. View all posts by Leah Ness

2 responses to “Faithfully Afflicted

  • Secrets From Heaven

    Dear Leah,

    This is a beautiful post; having a humble heart is so precious in the sight of God. Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”

    We mustn’t forget who actually afflicted Job though. It wasn’t God. God bragged on Job. God limited satan’s activities. And God stopped them. Then God doubled Job’s blessings for going through the trial. There is hope in our end Jer 29:11. God’s plans for us are good.

    Although some of God’s decisions seem like they are eternally against us, that’s not what His Word says. He says He will make a way of escape for us. He ends our trials. We must be grounded in our faith in His Word, in what He said He would do. It’s like the Israeli spies of Canaan. Only two agreed with God’s Word, the rest agreed with circumstances, and they died in the wilderness for it.

    So we must always hope in God. God is good because He does good, or visa versa. Romans 8:32 says it best, Since God loved us so much that He gave His only-begotten Son to die for us; how shall He not, with Him, also freely give us all things? (my paraphrase.)

    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1. Without hope our faith cannot function. And without faith we cannot please God. Hebrews 11:6.

    I hope this helps to give you some encouragement and spark your hope again. You are such a wonderful precious person. I pray God’s most wonderful blessings upon you and your hubby in Jesus’ name.

    • Leah Ness

      Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. God is indeed good, as are His plans, whether they seem good to us or not. It helps me to remember that I don’t get to define or categorize things like ‘good’ and ‘love’ and ‘kindness’ because He is the author and it’s His definition that counts. So if He says it’s good, or will be good, then it is, because He is, so He should know 😉 as the foremost authority on love and what it is and means, I know I can trust that all His actions are loving. Thank you again and thanks for reading!

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