Why Are We Afflicted?
Sunday, May 16, 2004
When I read that verse two words stand out: The word "affliction," and the word, "trouble." It seems in this life we have both, don't we? We are afflicted, and Paul said, "We are troubled on every side" (2 Cor. 4:8).
HUMOR: Speaking of trouble, it reminds me of the photographer who worked for a national magazine and was one day assigned to get photos of a great forest fire. Smoke at the scene hampered him, so he asked his home office to hire a plane. Arrangements were made and he was told to go at once to a nearby airport, where the plane would be waiting. When he arrived at the airport, a plane was warming up near the runway. He jumped in with his equipment and yelled, "Let's go! Let's go!" The pilot swung the plane into the wind and they soon were in the air. "Fly over the north side of the fire," yelled the photographer, "and make three or four low level passes." "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I'm going to take pictures," cried the photographer. "I'm a photographer...photographers take pictures!"
After a pause the pilot said, "You mean you're not the instructor?"2
We could sum up that story in one word, "Trouble."
The focus in my message this morning is really on the word "affliction." Though trouble and affliction can sometimes be synonymous, I want us to zero in on some of the reasons people are afflicted.
DEF: In the Bible there are three different Greek words that may be used for "affliction," including words meaning oppression, mistreatment, and misfortune. Suffering is sometimes used interchangeably for the word "affliction."1
The question is, "Why are we afflicted? Let's begin with our first point.
I. BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF LIFE
Remember what Job said? Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward."
Affliction is a common, human experience. Friend, you and I don't really have to do anything to experience trouble an ...
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