I find that the affliction of sin is relentless in me. A familiar pattern in my life sees me setting out to make a small amount of progress conquering one area of sin in my life, only to find a new sin issue rear its ugly head, showing me just how incredibly wretched my heart can be.
My soul longs to know peace, but my heart battles for its own selfish desire to be exalted. I must keep my heart from ruling over me, for its ruling will lead only to ruin and death. I realize that my only hope is to be found in Christ. He knew how bad this affliction of sin would be to my soul; He understood the impact completely.
The gospel is not only life-transforming for the future, but holds the power of daily provision that my soul longs for. It is in the gospel that my soul finds rest and encouragement to face any affliction.
The problem is that I draw conclusions about my affliction that do not account sufficiently for what is hidden in the knowledge and purpose of God. I must remind myself that even though I am not able to completely understand the reason for my suffering, God is well aware of what is happening to me at that very moment. He is not only aware, but is sovereignly in control to work it for good to me (Romans 8:28).
I must always remember who stands between me and my affliction as I resolve to find my comfort solely in being transformed by my Lord on a glorious future day.