“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
There are all kinds of afflictions in this world. You may be afflicted with one or two, or a dozen, or even many more than that. But if you are an heir of the Lord God, the Heavenly King, then you can look ahead with hope for there will be an end! The Lord will deliver you!! And He will deliver me.
Good old Mr. Spurgeon’s comments on this verse are for you today, to encourage you & give you hope:
Many are the afflictions of the righteous. Thus are they made like Jesus their covenant head. Scripture does does not flatter us like the story books with the idea that goodness will secure us from trouble; on the contrary, we are again and again warned to expect tribulation while we are in this body. But – blessed “but,” how it takes the sting out of the previous sentence! – But the Lord delivers him out of them all. Through troops of ills Jehovah will lead his redeemed scatheless and triumphant. There is an end to the believer’s affliction, and a joyful end too.
My righteous friends, may this “blessed ‘but’” ring long and loud in your ears today! May the truth of the second half of this verse be greater to you than the first. Yes, we may have to suffer many afflictions in this lifetime. But God has promised to deliver us from every one! Not some of them, or most of them, but “them all!” Our trials will come to an end–a joyous triumphant end!