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AFFLICTIONS


Job 5:17; II Cor 4:17; Hebrews 12:11

Job 5:17  Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 

Eliphaz is declaring that correction should bring an emotion that we don’t normally associate with correction. find in other places in God’s Word. He is declaring the joy of correction because of the advantages of correction. He says to not despise the chastening of the Almighty. The advantage of correction is that correction keeps us off the wrong paths that would bring us unhappiness. There is another reason to be happy about correction.

Hebrews 12:5-11

We find in these verses a relationship because of chastening. We are called children. Our earthly fathers disciplined us because we were his children. They did not discipline children that were not theirs. This is a demonstration of love. Our heavenly Father must have a relationship with us before He disciplines us. Since we are His children, He has the right to discipline us to correct us and bring us back to Him. He has the right to demonstrate his love to us. Verse 7 says “if we endure chastening He treats us as sons. That means blessings. God wants good things for His children. Pay attention to verse 8. If we have never experience chastening, it is because we are bastards and not sons. We are illegitimate. He will say, “depart from me I never knew you.” He chastens His children for the benefit of the children. That benefit is Holiness. And according to verse 11 we produce peaceable fruit of righteousness because of our chastisement.

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 

This passage bears the thought that correction that brings us back into the paths we should walk brings us great glory and God receives glory from our righteous and glorious walk. Notice that it is called, “light affliction” and the duration is for a “moment”.

Proverbs 3:11-12. – My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 

12  For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. 

Why despise chastening when it proves the love of the LORD. Whom He loves He chastens and corrects us and delights in us. Let us all be delightful for the LORD.

No chastisement, no love. Know chastisement, Know love.

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The Working of Affliction


 

2 Corinthians 4:17

 

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” 2 Corinthians 4:17.

 

Do you know what a diamond must endure to be a beautiful, shining, sparkling gem? First, after a diamond is mined and before it is processed, it must be separated from the ore by comminuting and liberating the ore. This includes crushing and sometimes recrushing the ore. Then, the crushed ore is placed in a ferrosilicon mixture to be scrubbed, cleaned and processed. The heavier minerals will sink, and a more concentrated amount of diamonds will emerge.

 

This concentrated mix will go through an x-ray sorter. The reflected light from the diamond will set off a sensor, and the diamond will be separated from the other matter. A profitable diamond will now be acid washed.

 

After the acid wash, a diamond is now ready to be cut, ground and sanded. Since diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, a special tool with a blade coated in diamond dust is used to cut the diamond. Then, polishing and more polishing is done before the diamond emerges its fiery, faceted object of beauty.

 

Like the diamond, a believer’s scrubbing, grinding and polishing (our light affliction) yields a useable gem in the service of God.

 

REFLECTION

 

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6).

 

Beverly Barnett

 

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