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  • Alan Fong

The Afflictions of the Righteous

Today’s Verse:

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. ~Psalm 34:19

One of the oldest questions that has bothered people for many years is, “why do bad things happen to good people?” I have a few church members who are going through back-to-back difficulties. They are godly people who love the Lord, love His Word, love His church, pray, and are active witnesses of the gospel. Even though they have not said anything to me that would lead to believe they are questioning God, I can’t help but think that the thought has crossed their mind, “why is all this happening me?” David gives us wisdom and insight about the afflictions God puts in our lives.

We see the nature.

The word for afflictions means evil, adversity, trouble, sore, distress, and misery. It is a powerful word that indicates a person is going through a grievous and heavy time. Afflictions are the fiery trials God allows in our life. They are the heavy burdens we have to carry. They cause us fear. They cause us anxiety. They weigh heavily on our minds and spirit. They are distracting and rob us of happiness and peace of mind. They are personal in nature and unique to each person.

We see the number.

David said, “many are the afflictions”. We will experience more than one affliction during our lifetime. It is likely we can have more than one affliction going on at the same time. David experienced doubts, fear, hatred, loneliness, rejection, threatening