Trials, Afflictions, Hardships

Hebrews 12:6 indicates that our trials, afflictions, and hardships are evidence of God’s love. Paul’s instruction to Timothy is key for us as well. 2 Timothy 2:3 says, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”

The writer of Psalm 119 addressed the benefit of their affliction. Verse 67 says, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.” 

Proverbs 3:11-12 was the king’s words to his son. It says, “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.”

Do you truly believe that the Lord delights in you? Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Paul’s thorn in the flesh was his teacher. He pleaded with the Lord three times to remove it. Yet, the Lord’s answer gave Paul a different perspective. Our trials hone our vision to turn us from shortsightedness to broad spectrum.

Tunnel vision is used metaphorically to denote the reluctance to consider alternatives. We tend to focus on our circumstances, rather than fixing our eyes on Jesus. Here is a verse in a new song called Song Of The Altar. Nothing can overtake me when I hide in You. Nothing can overwhelm me when I look to You. I set my eyes on You and I gaze into Your face. I bask in the love of Your eyes full of grace.

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