True North

with Dr Jim Brown



It sometimes happens to us without warning.  It sneaks up on us.  It’s not what we wanted.  It’s not what we asked for.  It’s not what we desired.


The dictionary def: a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery.

AFFLICTION (a “dirty word” to most American Christians) – is sometimes a part of the Christian life too.

We are just so spoiled with things being so good most of the time that when we fall into a time of affliction, instead of DOING the above verse, we start to fret and whine and wonder if maybe we’ve done something wrong, made a wrong turn, and are being punished by God for something.  Or, perhaps HE doesn’t know or care or love me anymore.  (NOT TRUE!)

James 1:2-8 has this to say:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Prayer: Lord, help me to see what I’m going through from Your point of view, and help me to find a way through by DOING the things these Scriptures teach. Amen.