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The Benefits of Affliction (Psalm 119:71)

It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.
Psalm 119:71

When our life circumstances become difficult, it is easy to lose our spiritual perspective. We spend more time focused on the circumstances rather than the God of the circumstances.

The psalmist has learned to benefit from the afflictions that God brings his way. He knows that God is always intentional and will always accomplish His eternal purposes through every circumstance of life. A great illustration of this is found in the book of Acts.

“For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.”
Acts 4:27–28

Often times wicked people believe they are in control. But, in reality, only God is in control. The wicked will be held accountable for their evil deeds, but God will accomplish His eternal purposes, even through their wickedness.

So, the psalmist has determined to use his afflictions as a motivation to continue learning God’s statutes. When we are in the midst of difficult circumstances, there is so much we can learn about God and His faithfulness. We can also learn to grow in our faith and to recognize ministry opportunities that we would not otherwise have had.

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58