“Suffered things are learned things.”

prayingpsalmsFrom Eugene H. Peterson’s Praying With the Psalms:

Before I was humbled I went astray; but now I keep your word. ~ Psalm 119:67

The people of God are grateful for setbacks that call them from wayward paths and bring them into more intimate dependence on his will. The ancient Greeks had a saying that reinforces the psalmist’s experience: “Suffered things are learned things.”

PRAYER: If suffering comes my way, O God, may I receive it as a means of being drawn closer to you, of learning your love, of discovering your mercy, of trusting your will, even as so many of your children have learned your ways through the school of humility. Amen.

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