As I look at all of the self help groups that are out there today, I can’t help but wonder if those who attend actually walk away saying it was good for them to have been through the trial that led them to the counseling session. Many of today’s counselors are eager to encourage a person to place the blame for their plot in life on someone else. However, Christianity does not take that stand.

~Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Affliction

It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? It’s good for me to have been afflicted? Are you serious? But David thought so. Just why would he feel this way? The latter part of Psalm 119:71 has the answer: “that I might learn thy statutes.”  God’s law is

God’s Lessons

You will look at the trials and traumas of your life with different eyes when you are actually wanting to learn something from God through it all. I realize that this is easier said than done. However, David practiced this. He actually believed that it was good that he had been afflicted! Why do you suppose he felt this way?

Results

I believe that David’s positive attitude was the result of a man who had actually seen God’s hand throughout the trial. He knew that each affliction would draw him closer to the Lord. I believe that each affliction was an actual opportunity to draw nigh to God.

~James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.


In my opinion, we draw nearer to God when we become more Christ-like. Each time that we are convicted of sin, repent and truly change, we get closer to God. The Word tells us to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). The only way we can achieve this is to allow the Holy Spirit to change us. Affliction allows us to turn to God in dire times of need. This is when we are most open to allowing the Holy Spirit to do His work in our lives. Next time trials come into your life, think on these things. God can and will use them for your benefit.

© Kate Plourde 2009

The picture above was taken by Carol Meyers and used here with her permission. She has traveled to some of the most beautiful places in the world and has captured so many pictures which depict peace and tranquility. Thank you, Carol, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

As I started my day in Bible reading, meditation and prayer, my thoughts fell on the “manner” which Christ taught us to pray. Jesus said, “After this “manner” therefore pray ye. He didn’t say repeat this prayer word-for-word like some mindless robot. He instructed us to pray “after this manner.” He is showing us, ladies, that we can come to him for all of our needs, both spiritually and physically. How we grow in this area of prayer will directly affect the power we have as Christians. Pray little, have little power. Pray much, have much power. I know that I need the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome temptation and sin! If my day has not started with the essentials of reading, meditating and prayer, I’m a gonner. I’ve set myself up for spiritual defeat even before getting started! 🙁 I really didn’t know what I was missing out on until I started my day with this pattern.

Give us this day our daily bread – I see this as a two-fold prayer request. (1) Any physical needs that I have, I can place before my Father and He will provide. Psalm 37:25 tells us that God does not forsake His child and, therefore, I will never be begging bread. (2) My spiritual food is a priority, (Luke 4:4) and I need to hear from God through His word daily to arm me for the day. Both of these give strength to the body; for what is my flesh without my spirit, and vice-versa? What can I accomplish in my day if I have not fed my body? I won’t have the calories to give my body energy and I will conk out early in the day. The same goes with my spiritual health. If I don’t feed myself in God’s word, I won’t have the strength to ward off Satan’s darts.

My children need to be able to witness my devotional life so they can learn for themselves. Do they see me reading my Bible? Do they see and hear me praying? Do they observe God’s power through my walk? When prayers are answered, do I share them with my children so they can see the results (James 5:16)? Leading my children to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ doesn’t stop there. Just as I need my daily food to sustain my life, I need my spiritual food to keep me strong for Christ. Passing this daily habit on to my children is the best thing I can do for them after leading them to Christ.

If you haven’t already started teaching your children to have their own devotional life, it’s never to late to start! 🙂 If you have young children, may I direct you to the devotional series Mini-Manna for Little Lambs? When you print out the page, your child has a page to color, a song for the day, and a story. It can be adapted for older children by adding your own questions to challenge them 🙂

So, are you read to eat? 🙂

Psalm 84

To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. 1 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God. 4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. 5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. 6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. 7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. 8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. 9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. 10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

The sons of Korah were the choir in David’s day. Their “specials” were these Psalms. Take a moment and re-read this Psalm. I found this extremely touching! Do I desire to be in God’s courts the way this Psalmist did? I put my name in each verse that “my or I” and I was immediately under conviction. Granted, I enjoy going to church – that is not the point here.

My daily meetings with God are my entrance into His courts. I do not have to go to a tabernacle made with hands because my body is a temple and the Holy Spirit resides within.

~1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own.

I am in the presence of God each second of every day! I am not saying that going to church is not necessary because it mostly certain is. What I am saying is that I can daily be in the presence of God in fellowship and worship through reading His Word, meditating upon it, and prayer! As I re-read today’s text and placed my name in all the personal references, my eyes were opened and the Lord taught me. Isn’t that what our daily reading should be … us seeking and God revealing?

What beautiful words of worship to sing to our God in the morning! “My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God! O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee!”

The heart that thirsts after God with such intensity will be filled with His goodness! God’s pleasure is to bless us – our only task is to seek after Him. The unsaved are not able to do this – the wicked do not seek after the things of God. But to the child of the King, we are able to enter into His courts daily – any time we want! Praise the Lord!

~Psalm 119:105  NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

When we find ourselves side tracked and spiritually distracted, we can trace our actions back to the amount of time we spent in God’s Word along the way. When we’re on track, we are in tune with His Word – our path is lit by It and we see clearly. This can’t be any more true than when we go through a physical trial. Rather than blaming God for our plight, we rejoice in His goodness and mercy!

The amount of time spent in the Word will directly reflect in our ability to cope with life’s curves!

~Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, is coming soon. It may not be today – but it will be soon. Just look at the condition of our earth! Yet, the Word says that these things are merely the beginning of sorrows!

Jesus did not want us to be in the dark because we are children of light! He was quite clear in His Word as to what we should be on the look-out for.

~Mat 24:4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (4) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (5)

Here are just a couple, but we read about them almost every day now.

Russia’s Messiah

Jesus of Suburbia — Has He Risen Again in Houston, Texas?

One need only do a Google search on news items and you will find a lot more!

~Matthew 24:6-7 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (6) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (7)

One need only have the news on for a few minutes or read the first page of any newspaper to hear about nation rising against nation. It is part of our everyday life any more. Just in the past seven days, there have been countless earthquakes, according to USGS. Pestilence is running rampid all over our planet. Famines are not restricted to third world countries any more.

(Mat 24:8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.

So what, may you ask, does all of this gloom and doom have to do with Jesus being called Wonderful? The born-again Christian need not worry about what is going on around him. He is secure in his salvation because it was purchased by God Himself. The born-again Christian looks forward to the Rapture and being taken away from this cursed earth until the day that Christ will come again to make the earth new again and will reign as King!

~Matthew 24:50-51 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, (50) And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (51)

For the one who does not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Saviour has much to fear. Go ahead and have your fun for your hour comes quickly. Not only will you have to suffer through the seven-year Tribulation, but you will have to spend an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

Are you ready? Can you truly call Jesus Wonderful today? It’s not too late! If you truly desire the truth, please visit my salvation page. Contact me if it was a blessing to you!

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