Where does affliction come from? We live in a fallen world “subjected to frustration” and in “bondage to decay.” (Romans 8:20,21). Don’t believe that God is punishing you. That’s Satan’s lie. Jesus says in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world.”
Where then does hope come from? God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
Never will I forsake you.”
So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper: I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”
Our hope is not in our own hands but in the hands of God. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 1:3, “Your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” This was a hard lesson for me to learn, and I’m still learning it. I’m safe in the hands of God; I’m safe nowhere else.