Afflicted but not alone
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. Psalms 34:19 (NKJV)
There’s a common misconception that being close to God means being free from problems. Some think that if you live a righteous and godly life, you’ll be immune to the trials and tribulations the rest of the world goes through.
But look at what Psalm 34:19 tells us: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” Translation: It doesn’t matter how close you are to God; it’s not going to stop the rain from falling. Persecution, affliction, trouble, calamity, hassles—whatever you want to call it—sooner or later, it’s going to happen to you!
“Thanks for the inspiration…that’s just what I wanted to hear today!”
Hang on. Read what the rest of this verse has to say: “But the LORD delivers him out of them all.”
Yes, we will experience trials. Yes, our boats will be rocked. Yes, the winds will beat against us. All of this is true. Yet there is a greater truth: The righteous person, though exposed to the world’s pain and problems, isn’t left to go through them on his own.
“But the LORD” will walk step by step with us through every inch of the trial. “But the LORD” will be in the boat with us when it seems like the storm is going to swallow us alive. “But the LORD” will hold us steady when the wind howls around us.
No matter what we face in this life, we’re never alone. We have a strong Deliverer who stands at our side, watches our back, and prepares the path ahead of us.
Think About It…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?