Psalms 119:71 – “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” (NASB)
The pain taught me a lesson. While finishing up an addition on our house, I was coming down from nailing roof rafters in place when I got distracted. I wasn't paying attention and in sliding down the rafters, I accidentally pushed the trigger on the nail gun. That was okay, but when the tip hit my thigh, the nail gun fired. As I felt the pain, I realized an important lesson; I had forgotten to keep my focus. Today's verse speaks that it is good sometimes to be afflicted so that we my learn God's statues. I learned the hard way about keeping focus on the job, what I was doing, and the tools I was using. In life, we may find ourselves being afflicted. The key is trying to learn from our afflictions. No one wants to face difficulties or pain, but through the pain we may just find answers to the lessons God tries to teach us. We know God is a god of love, but He is also a god who disciplines. So as we face the difficulties in life, God may be trying to get our attention to teach us a better way - His way. Pulling the nail out of my thigh taught me that lessons can sometimes be painful to learn. Let’s learn from the pain, so we don't repeat the process.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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