Let Us Reason Together Part 10 – God Blesses Us in the Midst of Affliction

by Mike Ratliff

Teth. You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes. The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts; their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law. It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. (Psalms 119:65-72)

I just got off the phone with a friend who is in the hospital. She is a member of our church and has been in some of my classes. She went into the hospital last week to have the batteries changed in the stimulator implanted in her back. When they went in to do that, they found some infections around the unit. She has been in their care ever since. She is separated from her children much of the year because her ex-husband (who lives in another state) has co-custody of them. She has recently earned her teacher's certificate so she could teach school full time instead of being a part-time waitress as well as a part-time student. Now she is stuck in the hospital and school has started. Continue reading