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J. A. Shodeinde<br />


“O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people? Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure,” (Psalm 80:4-5). “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).

AS Christians, God may allow us to experience affliction, if we have forsaken the righteous path for the path of unrighteousness. If we have erred, we should be glad God is correcting us and not despise the chastening of God. God may also permit the saints to experience affliction to test our Love for Him. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33). Christians who can stand the test of time will surely be rewarded and wear a crown in the end, because they endure and have the patience of Job. When affliction springs up, we need to seek God and commit our cause into His Hands, as all power belongs to Him. For a piece of gold to become adorable, it passes through fire.

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God makes us to pass through affliction to make us greater and stronger. Affliction can also improve our spiritual life in Christ Jesus. A greater faith in Christ is built. During the time of affliction, you garner spiritual experience, God reveals a lot to you and you become closer to Him. By the end of God’s test, you become a powerful being. A test from God grants you wisdom and understanding to succeed and overcome the devil in this woeful world. God dispenses as He Wills, and no one can hinder him. Whatever He does is for a reason and we can’t question Him. Isaiah 45:7 says, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”

God can also regulate the measure of affliction, depending on the individual’s strength and faith. When you are going through difficulties, God still loves you. He knows all you are going through and He will not forsake you. The Lord will always be good to those who wait on Him and seek Him diligently. When you hope and wait for the Lord’s salvation, you are on the right track. God is not delighted in your sorrow, but there are some processes you need to go through in life, so the name of God may be glorified. When you believe God in times of tribulations, His grace will be sufficient to take you through. God also allowed His only Son Jesus to die for us on the cross of calvary, so we sinners can have everlasting life. 

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God saw the agony Jesus went through, but at last, it was worth it, and the name of God was exalted. According to Job 14:1, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” We have been appointed to face challenges and I don’t know of any human being who will not face tribulations in life. So, never be moved, but put your trust in God, the Author and Finisher of our faith. The affliction of the saints is for a moment and far lighter, when we weigh the eternal glory involved, or attached to it after.

Affliction is experienced consequent to the fall of man. Adam and Eve were cursed because they disobeyed God.

Hence, man began to live an unaccomplished life until Jesus came to lift the burden. Sin produces afflictions. Those who plow iniquity and sow wickedness will reap the same. The affliction of the wicked shall be in this world and in the world to come. If you are being afflicted for your evil works, you should know it’s high time you returned to Christ. And when you forsake your evil ways, and cry unto Him, He will hear your cry. God will have compassion on you and forgive your iniquity. His anger will be turned away from you. He will be gracious unto you. He will accept you and His light will shine upon you again. The reward of sin is death.

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