Lessons From Affliction

Lessons From Affliction

Lessons From Affliction

Psalms 119: 67, 71, 75

Wikipedia defines a “school” as “an institution designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students under the direction of teachers.”

Psalm 119:65–72 takes us to school. The word “teach” is found in vv. 66 and 68. “Learn” is found in v. 71. But this school is not set in a classroom with desks and chairs. The psalmist here writes of a different school, a school we all attend the school of affliction.

Affliction forms a central theme of these verses. The psalmist talks in vv. 67 and 71 of being “afflicted.” But his burden was to learn something from affliction, to see what God wanted to teach him in affliction. And he writes to help us do the same.

Affliction is a reality for everyone, but as in an academic school, we will only learn from affliction if we are looking to learn. Remember that lessons aren’t learned during the deliverance but rather lessons are learned during the journey.