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TEXT : “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” - Psalm 34:19.

COMMENT: Determined to drown all men down the precipice along with him, the devil mounts a sustained and determined assault against the true worshippers of God in order to weaken their faith or resolve to continue in the way of life. It was on this score St. Peter stated “the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”.  The continual harrasment of the people of God by the devil, some of which God allows, informs the statement by David the prophet that afflictions of the righteous are many. Instead of wilting under such pressure, the apostle of Christ exhorts us to resist the urge to buckle under, by remaining stedfast in the faith, “knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”. (1 Peter 5:8, 9)     People of God should always trust and be prayerful to Him. David the prophet stated: “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22) And St. Peter admonished: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” -1 Peter 5:6, 7.

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