|Today’s Scripture: I know O LORD, that Thy judgements are right and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Psalm 119:75|
|What an amazing verse this is! If we could get ahold of the meaning of knowing God enough to see that His judgements are right and that it is out of faithfulness He afflicts us, we would be greatly benefited.
God is omniscient: He knows what will help us and hurt us. He knows when He needs to bring chastisement upon us. To Him, the remotest future is as vivid as the present. You see, God sees our past, present, and future as if it is all right now! God knows all things so He knows what is needed to make us the best! The whole season of trial is to make us better. We have to learn how to see the trial as it compares to eternity. Everything that God does in our lives is to make us better Christians.
Affliction gives us the understanding of the truths of ourselves. You really don’t know yourself until you go through affliction. In the affliction, the true you is revealed.
Often during a trial, we just want God to take it away. We don’t like not being able to see or know what is going to happen. Yet, if we truly get to know God, Who He is, His abundant love for us, and His ability to work all things out for good, we would be able to honestly say, “I know O LORD, that Thy judgements are right and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.”
I remember when we were up at our camp in northern Minnesota on Leech Lake. We would go to what’s called the Narrows. We would look up, and have a breathtaking view of the stars because there were no manmade lights to hinder the starlight. You see, the darkness lets us see the stars. That’s what happens in our lives, and that’s what we need to understand.
During this cold, dark, winter month, ponder the following questions:
Commit this verse to memory. It can assist you in remembering WHO is really involved in your life and WHY He is allowing this hardship.
If you are not sure about where you would spend your eternity, know that the same faithful LORD who allows affliction in our lives was Himself afflicted for you. His abundant love for you and knowing that you could join Him in Heaven someday drove Him joyfully to the cross to endure the penalty of your sins. Simply trusting in that payment for your sins is all that is required for receiving His free gift of salvation. He paid the price so that you would not have to. If you want to understand more on how you can KNOW for sure where you will spend your eternity, give us a call at 1-800-78-GRACE.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder