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Trouble and affliction

Posted By: chestnutmare

Trouble and affliction - Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:44 AM

I know, O LORD, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me’ (Psa 119:75).

Trouble and affliction are not only consistent with God’s love pledged in the everlasting covenant, but they are parts of the administration of the same. God is not only faithful notwithstanding afflictions, but faithful in sending them. ‘then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless My lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer My faithfulness to fail’ (Psa 89:32,33). Chastening is not only reconcilable with God’s loving kindness, but it is the effect and expression of it. It would much quiet the minds of God’s people if they would remember that His covenant love binds Him to lay on them seasonable correction. Afflictions are necessary for us: ‘In their affliction they will seek Me early’ (Hosea 5:15).

The apprehension of this blessed truth will check our murmurings. The Lord knows what is best for each one of us, and one effect of resting on this truth will be the silencing of our petulant complainings. God is greatly honoured when, under trial and chastening, we have good thoughts of Him, vindicate His wisdom and justice, and recognize His love in His very rebukes.
~ Arthur Pink.
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