Dealing with Affliction and Trouble
INTRODUCTION: 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; Paul said, "We are troubled on every side" (2 Cor. 4:8).
The focus in my message this evening is really on the word "affliction." Though trouble and affliction can sometimes be synonymous, I want us to look at 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 such as; oppression, mistreatment, and misfortune. Suffering is sometimes used interchangeably for the word "affliction."1
Our message is: "Dealing with Affliction and Trouble." Let's begin by asking ourselves the question, "Why are we afflicted? First...
I. BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF LIFE
Remember what Job said; "Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward."
A. Affliction is a Common Experience
1. Friend, you and I don't really have to do anything to experience trouble and affliction. These are experiences common to all humans; it is a part of life. Solomon wrote in Eccles. 9:2, "All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner..." I wish I could tell you that there comes a time in life when trouble ceases to exist; however, trouble will only cease to exist when life ends. We will be troubled until the day we die. The big difference for us; however, is that we have Someone to help us when trouble comes. Jesus said in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
B. Affliction is a Frequent Experience
1. The Psalmist wrote, "Many ar ...
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