“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all“
“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken” Psalm 34:18-20.
The verses above dispel with a lot of the teachings of the ‘name it, claim it’ schools. God tells us that there are many afflictions that the righteous will face in this life, but we are also told that “He” will deliver him out of ALL of them.
Some think that the life of a believer is paved with roses and success around every corner. We are told by Jesus himself that,
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” John 16:33.
We know that the rain falls on the just and the unjust. We know that God rewards those who diligently seek after Him. But oftentimes, I wonder if some Christians think that troubles will not enter into the lives of a believer. These are those that perhaps bury their heads in the sand and seem to ignore the plight that many face in this world. And yet, on the other hand, some would play the victim, and would always have a dark cloud over their heads. These are those that seem to blame everyone else for their troubles, instead of taking some responsibility for their actions.
The life of a believer is not to be confused with “positive thinking,” nor is it one of thinking the worst of everything either. Some have developed churches and schools of thought, that say that one needs only to confess with their lips and believe that no troubles would come near their tent. These are those who would say, “Oh, I would never confess that!” And yet if someone has a stomach ache or even a broken arm, we don’t declare that we don’t have it.
That’s not to say that what we say and think doesn’t have any bearing on our outcome, or our view of life, it does. But we must be realistic in our assessment.
God teaches us a lot during our trials and times of suffering in this life. In the process we become humbled, and we allow the Holy Spirit to do His work through the struggles we are facing. Otherwise, one can end up becoming a very bitter individual.
In conclusion, it’s important to know that even though a righteous man will have many troubles, it’s comforting and good to know, that the Lord himself will deliver him out of ALL of them.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?