Affliction as defined by Merriam-Webster: a cause of persistent pain or distress; great suffering; the state of being afflicted by something that causes suffering.
It sounds almost impossible to have patience during times of affliction or tribulation, but that’s exactly what Paul challenged the Romans and us to do.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.Romans 12:12, NIV
These ten words seem so simple but putting them into action is so difficult. By ourselves they will seem impossible, but Jesus said, “with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 NIV)
I think that’s the beauty of God. When we are at our wits’ end and think we have nowhere else to turn and nothing we have tried works, he looks at us and says, “child, all things are possible with me.” When we are in a situation that is filled with affliction, we can turn to God with all our impatience and distress and he will show us how with him it is possible to be patient and endure.
My affliction is being away from my friends and family right now. I am an extrovert, I need people, I thrive when I am around them being social. This time of quarantine is the exact opposite of what makes me thrive. But turning to God, I know he will tell me, “With me all things are possible, in all your affliction I am here. I am still God. I am still worthy.”
Let this be a reminder that nothing is too hard for God. He is more patient than we will ever be, so he knows how to help us through any situation. ‘Through’ being the key word here, we are never stuck forever in our affliction, we are walking through it with God.