“I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.” – Psalm 119:75
Trying to understand God’s purpose is one of the most perplexing aspects of the Christian life. When we fall into adverse circumstances or when we are moved from our “comfort zone” by trouble and problems we have a hard time seeing God’s purpose, not to mention anything about understanding it. This situation will tarnish our ministry and witness for Him. Many, I’m sure, consider themselves servants of God and would like sincerely to live their lives for the glory of God; to obey Him, serve Him, and honour Him. If a Christian is afflicted with sickness, or had his or her service for the Lord stopped by the enemies of God (sometimes even by fellow Christians), or for some other reason, could he or her find the strength and wisdom to be able to discern why God allowed it?
The psalmist turns to his affliction in Psalm 119:75. Although he has been in pain, he never doubted the justice of God. Thus he confesses: “I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous.”
And a few verses earlier in Psalm 119:68, he declares: “You are good and do good…” Though in affliction, the psalmist seems to be in a remarkable state of mind—he acknowledges that God’s “rules” (“judgments”) are righteous and he admits that God is good in His nature and He also do good.
The answer to the question: “What then?” is, when affliction comes, we must simply trust God, knowing that whatever He does is right and that our affliction is invested with His faithfulness. He is our Creator and, through Christ, has also become our heavenly Father: “Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?” (Hebrews 12:9). God knows everything, we don’t. Therefore we can know that “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
This verse (Romans 8:28) is one of the most familiar and most wonderful promises in the Bible, but it is one of the most difficult to believe in time of affliction or loss. Nevertheless, it is God's promise, and “all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
God knows the end from the beginning, and in that wonderful day when Christ returns, “then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Until then, we must simply trust Him.
Reverend Robert Chew