Sanctified afflictions

(J.R. Miller, “Weekday Religion” 1880)  LISTEN to audio! Download audio

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your Word.” Psalm 119:67

“It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I could learn Your statutes.” Psalm 119:71

By affliction, the Master Artist is adding some new touch of loveliness to the picture He is bringing out in our souls.

Afflictions, when sanctified . . .
temper worldly ambitions,Sanctified afflictions
burn out the dross of selfishness,
humble pride,
quell fierce passions,
reveal the evil in our hearts,
manifest our weaknesses, faults and blemishes,
teach patience and submission,
discipline unruly spirits,
deepen and enrich our graces.

Sanctified Afflictions, plow the hard soil and cut long and deep furrows in the heart. The heavenly Sower follows, and fruits of righteousness spring up.

“No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

Affliction is a messenger of God, sent to minister to us in the best of ways!

When under God’s chastening hand, we should ask,
What would God have this sorrow do for me?
And What is its mission?
What is its great design?
And What golden fruit lies hidden in its husk?

How shall it . . .
strengthen my virtue,
nerve my courage,
chasten my passions,
purify my love, and
make me like Him who . . .
bore the cross of sorrow while He lived,
and hung and bled upon it when He died,
and now wears the victor’s crown in glory!

I know, O Lord, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness You have afflicted me!” Psalm 119:75

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