As Americans, our society worships leisure, convenience, security, and the path of least resistance.
However, as God’s people through Jesus’s blood, we see that our afflictions are to teach about God’s law, which ultimately helps us understand Him. This is shown in the Old Testament as well as in the New. As I have been reading through the Psalms, the word statute has started standing out to me more, especially in Psalm 119.
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.
The writer points out one of the many benefits of knowing the statutes of The Lord in v. 80:
May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame!
We see in v. 83 that the writer, by remembering God’s law was able to hold fast, though he was being tested to the point of feeling like he was withering. I found Spurgeon’s comments to be helpful:
The promises came to his mind, and, what was a still better evidence of his loyalty, the statutes were there too: he stuck to his duties as well as to his comforts. The worst circumstances cannot destroy the true believer’s hold upon his God. Grace is a living power which survives that which would suffocate all other forms of existence. A man may be reduced to skin and bone, and all his comfort may be dried out of him, and yet he may hold fast his integrity and glorify his God.
We also see in v. 86 that though we may suffer for obeying His law, abiding by His law is our comfort and will prove to be right on the final day.
All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
Lord, help us to know your law.