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.