Many Are the Afflictions
When we are afflicted, is this evidence of failure in our Christian walk? What does the Bible say?
In Psalms 34:17-19, “the righteous cry and Yahweh hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Yahweh is nigh unto those who are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite (crushed to powder) spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but Yahweh delivers him out of them all.”
Yahweh promises to bring us through our trials and afflictions, but he never promised an instant deliverance. According to this scripture, the path of the righteous could go through the “water” and the “fire”: “When thou passes through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee,” Isaiah 43:2. If we consider ourselves good swimmers, we may feel no threat from going through the waters, but this is not just an ordinary stream: “Save me, O Yahweh; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me,” Psalms 69:1-2.
Yahweh’s path may lead us into the desert where everything is dry and crisp: “O give thanks unto Yahweh, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endures forever, Give thanks to him which led his people through the wilderness (desert, see Strong’s #8414): for his mercy endures for ever,” Psalms 136:1-2 and 136:16.
Yahweh leads us through the depths, but when we cry unto him he brings us out safely: “Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Yahweh, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.” “He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy,” Psalms130:1-2 and 106:9-10.
Yahweh goes with us through the darkness and leads us through the valleys and through the shadows of death, but his Spirit is there to comfort us. He knows the fiery darts will come and that there will be fiery trials to contend with, but through all this, we are more than conquerors. He has given us an armor to withstand the attacks of the enemy and has given us his word that he will never leave us nor forsake us: “Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when Yahweh preserved me; When his candle shined upon my head, and when by His light I walked through darkness,” Job 29:2-3.
“For thou wilt light my candle: Yahweh my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for Yahweh, his way is perfect: the word of Yahweh is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save Yahweh? or who is a rock save our God? It is Yahweh that girds me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me upon my high places,” Psalms 18:28-33.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,” Psalms 23:4.
“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you,” John 14:18-20.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy,” 1 Peter 4:12-13.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of Yahweh that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of Yahweh that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” Ephesians 6:10-18.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Yahweh, which is in Christ Yasha our Lord,” Romans 8:35-39.
We, as the heirs of Yahweh, are destined to trials. All the above scriptures tell us that we must suffer, but if we suffer with him we shall also reign with him (Rom. 8:16-18): “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of Yahweh: And if children, then heirs; heirs of Yahweh, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Withstanding severe trials strengthens our faith and helps crucify our first nature. But if we suffer with Christ, we shall reign with him. If we choose to not walk with him, we will surely suffer in the flesh, and we will not reign with him.