Be righteous, and your afflictions will be many

Even if you are a faithful and obedient Christian who loves the Lord and follows His statutes, there will be times of trouble and trial. And God tells us those times will be many.

Psalm 34:19 tells us, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” – Psalm 34:19

Look at David! He was a man after God’s own heart. As He was following the Lord, He was betrayed, plotted against, and hunted down by the king like a wild animal.

Paul was a great apostle, and while he was doing God’s work, he was subjected to all sorts of trials. Shipwreck, beaten at least 8 times, subjected to the ocean for a day and a half, bitten by a poisonous snake, and even stoned.

It is easy for us to complain. To mutter. To feel bad for ourselves when things like this happen. But that isn’t the right way. We must trust in the second part of the verse. We must put our faith in the Lord that He will deliver us. And when He does, others will see His goodness, we will be stronger and more devoted servants, and our faith and his faithfulness will ring out His glory for all eternity.

So I challenge you, when your many afflictions come- and they will come- Trust in God. Fear Him. Honor Him. Don’t allow yourself to be conquered by the enemy and wander in a desert of self pity or fear. Put your trust in the Holy God whose strength is beyond measure and whose power is without compare. He will deliver. He will save. And we will praise His name!

“But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.” – Psalm 37:39-40

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18

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