“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all”
– Psalm 34:19
When was the last time (if ever) you heard someone claiming this promise for their life? It seems to me as though many Christians would like to live a life that is free of afflictions, hoping that fewer afflictions will equal more joy. But in wanting and pursuing a life as such, they will actually be missing out on a great cause for joy… namely, afflictions.
“Count it all joy…when you meet trials of various kinds.”
– James 1:2