Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Afflictions

"I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. Lam 3:1"
Jeremiah understands how the intense pain of brokenness will lead a person to the threshold of despair. How many times we have questioned GOD for our sufferings?Does GOD will not answer my prayers? Will he not deliver me from this hindrance?Is he not remembering my tears?
But friends remember our GOD is a Sovereign Lord .There is nothing too small or too big for him as he is an able GOD to restore double folded blessings as he did to Job. Will he not do it for us?GOD testifies Job as a blameless,upright,a man who fears GOD and shuns evil but he himself had given access to Satan to test Job's faithfulness.
Intense human sufferings quickly reveals the condition of a person's faith which in turn ought to forget that our God is above all circumstances. The same happened with Job but when the Lord answered Job out of the storm, Job realized that he is unworthy of all his questions (I am unworthy- how can I reply to you?I put my hand over my mouth(Job 40:4).
The same Lord is asking us today as he asked Job“would you condemn me to justify yourself”(Job 40:8).How many times we have darned the Lord for our afflictions. Be strengthened “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,who have been called according to his purpose” ( Romans 8:28).For the word of GOD is living and active...It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.(Read Heb 4:12). So whatever may be the situations we are in ,He restores everything for our goodness because it is not we have chosen him it is he who has chosen us to go and bear fruits that will last.(John 14:16).
So be encouraged in the time of afflictions. Jeremiah says in Lam 3:27 , “It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Let him sit alone in silence for the Lord has laid it on him.” .The reason behind your loneliness is the Lord directly wants to teach you because he has anointed you by the Holy Spirit. “As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.” (I John 2:27).
Just remain in him and wait for his time and he will deliver you in due time. God is just:He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels(2 Thes 1: 6).Amen!
GOD Bless!.
In Christ,
Justina Stephen.

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