I was going through some old Notes that I put up on Facebook since I got off it. (I downloaded all my information from Facebook, so I could take things from it when I got off if I so desired.--Now I am so glad I did!)
So, I found a Note (titled: "A little of what I read on the Lord's Day: "When Christians Suffer" by Thomas Case") that I put up on April 22, 2011, that was so worth reposting! Since I don't have Facebook anymore I will "repost" it on this blog. Yay!
The first lesson God teaches us by affliction is to have compassion for those who are in a suffering condition. Through sufferings God teaches us to prize our outward mercies and comforts more, and yet to dote upon them less. We need to be more thankful for them. We can undervalue our mercies even while we glut ourselves with them! Behold, while men fill themselves with the mercies of God, they can neglect the God of their mercies. So God teaches us to prize our mercies by affliction and to use them in moderation.
"O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."-- Psalm 34:8.