BCL Grow: Comfort in Affliction — Psalm 119:75-77
Psalm 119:75-77 (Providence)
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I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
Let your steadfast love comfort me
according to your promise to your servant.
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight. — Psalm 119:75-77
"Now you know well that every wise workman takes his tools away from the work from time to time that they may be ground and sharpened. So does the Only Wise Jehovah take His ministers oftentimes away into darkness and loneliness and trouble, that He may sharpen and prepare them for harder work in His service.” — Robert Murray McCheyne, Pastoral Letters, p. 15.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: When faced with affliction, a suffering trial, what are we to think? From where does the comfort come that we so desperately need?
2. Remember: Pastor McCheyne was suffering a hard illness when he wrote a series of letters to his flock. The letters offer comforting insight into how God deals with us when afflicted with sickness or other trials. Suffering is part of the misery that comes from living in this fallen world. Yet, through suffering God comforts his people so that they too may become a comfort to others. God refines his people with the “fire” of affliction, sanctifying them, strengthening their faith, and granting them steadfastness. As a result, we are better equipped to comfort others with the comfort God has given us (2 Cor. 1:3-4)
3. Respond: Pray earnestly to God when afflicted with a suffering trial. As the psalmist prayed, pray for comfort and mercy. Pray for steadfast faith and patience. Trust God that, come what may, his providence is always right and good, even in the midst of hardships.