Text:“Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?” – Lamentations 3:39.
Enduring afflictions entails a high level of spiritual understanding and faith in God. While our unflinching faith in God keeps us on track, spiritual understanding gained from knowledge of God's word accumulated over time makes us to be calm, steady, knowing we were appointed thereunto, that is, to suffer for Christ. – Philippians 1:29.
That one is practising the righteousness of God does not make him immune from temptations. But for the grace of God, “our righteousness are as filthy rags”. (Isaiah 64:6). The preacher states: “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” – Ecclesiastes 7:20.
Rather than magnifying our holiness before God when faced with trials, we should instead reflect on and remember His righteousness, favours and blessings in our lives. This way, we shame the devil by multiplying our joys and de-emphasizing the effect of satan's trials. Anyone who is humble enough to acknowledge God at his or her lowest moments will be exalted by Him in due times, as Peter declared: “…for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5) Having been told by God, “my grace is sufficient for thee” the apostle then declared among other things “I rather glory in my infirmities”. – 2 Corinthians 12:9; Romans 5:3.
If this we do, we would be overwhelmed with what God has done and is still doing for us in that they are more than can be numbered. – Psalm 40:5.