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It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.
– Ps. 119:71 (NASB)

 Trouble comes your way.  You may not have done anything in particular.  Trouble found its way to you and now you have to deal with it.  That’s part of how things go down in life.  You may or may not be the cause of your trouble, but it’s right there in your face with your name on it in bold.

The writer of this psalm helps to understand how some people have to be broken down in order to be built up.  Some have to be humbled before they are ready to accept help.  Others  have to be hindered in order to just stop where they are and see that they are in need of help.  In other cases, some folks have to be hurt before they can ever be ready to receive anything that resembles help.  You may not have experienced all of these different changes before God stepped in on your behalf, but I would suspect that you have at least experienced one of them.  Let’s be honest about that.

The issue isn’t whether you had to experience any of these.  The true burning issue is whether you learned the lesson or not.  The psalmist said that his affliction provided an opportunity to learn God’s statutes, His decrees, His Law.  We are not told whether he went into deep, secluded personal Bible study and devotional time during this period or whether he meditated on what he could recall of the Law of the Lord, but it does say that he learned God’s statutes at this point due to being afflicted.  Did you learn your lesson? Did it drive you to seek out His Word? Did it lead you to Him? Check the record today.

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“And let us not grow weary while doing good. . .”- Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

Are you still fired up? Or, are you burnt out for some reason? For those of us who serve the Lord in more than one capacity, it is easy to fall into the temptation of growing weary, feeling worn out by the work. Yet, it is still not a legitimate excuse. Our service is to be conducted out of faith and obedience, but we also should do as Psalm 100:2 says: “Serve the Lord with gladness.”

Don’t grow weary, get faint or lose heart. Jesus shared that we should always pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1). The task at hand is to stay focused and continue striving towards what God has for us.

In days like these, you hear a lot of stuff in the news about the new president and his stimulus package as well as the bank bail-outs and foreclosure forgiveness. I believe that the Lord is still at work. Stand firm through the storm. Hold fast to what you know to be true. The money still says it all: In God We Trust.

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