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Mark Altrogge reminds us that God doesn’t ever do something without a purpose and plan. In this post he shares several benefits of affliction in our lives including the following:

  • Afflictions deliver us from pride.
  • Afflictions make us sympathetic, merciful and slower to judge. 
  • Afflictions remind us of the brevity of this life and make us long for heaven where our true treasure is.
  • Afflictions stir us to pray and keep us dependent on God.
  • Afflictions are opportunities for Christ to display his power in us.

And there are more right here.

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Your eyes and God!

I visited a lady in our church this week who is suffering with degeneration of her eyes.  She is blind in one eye and has had a lot of degeneration in her other eye.  The doctors are trying to save her vision in her one eye because she loves to read and she would like to live out the remaining days of her life here on earth in the home where she has lived for nearly 60 years.

When I was a child, my eyes changed very rapidly and I have a very strong prescription for my glasses.  So far I haven’t reached the true bifocal stage of my eyeglasses but am in the transition stage.

I am highly thankful that, even though my eyes are the best they could be, nevertheless I don’t have serious difficulties with them.

Joe Thorn, a fellow blogger and pastor, has had some recent problems with his eyes and it lead him to consider what the Bible says about our eyes from a spiritual perspective. He recorded the following six observations in his journal that I think are worth remembering:

1. My eyes must be turned from evil.

I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.
(Ps. 101:3)

2. My eyes should be set on the God who saves.

My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
(Psalm 25:15)

3. My eyes should be set on God’s steadfast love.

For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in your faithfulness.
(Psalm 26:3)

4. My eyes should be set on his word.

Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
(Psalm 119:18)

5. My eyes should be fixed on fixed on Christ.

…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Heb. 12:1, 2)

6. God sees.

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.
(2 Chronicles 16:9 ESV)

Read more of Joe’s observations here.

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“I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the LORD, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.”

(Psalm 22:22-24 ESV)

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“God alone can do what seems impossible. This is the promise of his grace: ‘I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten’ (Joel 2:25). God can give back all those years of sorrow, and you will be the better for them. God will grind sunlight out of your black nights. In the oven of affliction, grace will prepare the bread of delight. Someday you will thank God for all your sadness.” ~Charles Spurgeon

HT: Janelle Bradshaw

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