"Before I was afflicted I went astray but now I obey Your Word." Psalm 119:67
The Bible is the book for the afflicted. We fly to it in times of adversity. It is then that we . . .
read it more attentively,
counsel with it more closely,
understand it more clearly,
relish it more sweetly, and
receive it into the heart more experimentally, as the engrafted Word.
Affliction illuminates the Bible - as though a new book had been composed - or another constellation in the spiritual hemisphere had burst upon the telescope of faith!
We know more of the Lord Jesus through one sanctified affliction than by all the treatises the human pen ever wrote!
Welcome whatever makes you more acquainted with God!
Despise nothing that will deepen your intimacy with Jesus.
Welcome the cross - though it may be heavy!
Welcome the cup - though it may be bitter. Receive it as a blessing sent to you from your Father - receive it as a heavenly message to your soul.
- Octavius Winslow
Lord, make me a woman who seeks Your Word first and fastest in times of blessing and in times of trial, so like the Psalmist I may say ... "If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long." Psalm 119