"It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes” - Psalm 119:71.
Many times the troubles we go through in life are not because we are being tested to see if we are ready for a promotion, or some big blessing. But rather, it is the result or the consequences of walking in error, or doing things we think we are big and bold enough to do.
David, king of Israel, saw Bathsheba, a married woman from the roof of his house, and immediately decided he had to have her. As a result of his strong desire to have her, Bathsheba became pregnant. David then used his position as a leader to have Bathsheba’s husband murdered on the frontline of a war. A plot that was orchestrated in order to keep Bathsheba as his wife.
“And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die” - II Samuel 11:15
Although David reaped the consequences of his offensive actions, he still testified that it was good he was afflicted.
When a man is bold enough to commit an offensive act in the sight of a Holy God, instead of blaming others, he ought to humble himself, take responsibility for what he has done, and accept the consequences that will come with it. Most importantly, he should be thankful for being afflicted at the hand of a God who loves him too much to let him think he can get away with what he has done, and for the valuable lesson he learned from it.
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.