Continuing our consideration of the 6th Commandment, we consider our reaction to the afflictions and sufferings that God sends into our lives. We see that these always come for a good purpose and that God has every right to do with us as He pleases. We should submit to His dealings with us and trust Him to bring good out of them.

Finally, we meditate on the fact that we can be tempted to blame God and even to desire to harm Him (not that this is possible), growing resentful at His treatment of us. This would be breaking the 6th Commandment. We look at examples from Scripture of those (such as Job) who were afflicted and see how they dealt with their situations. We think of the testimony of the psalmist in Psalm 73 and see that he came through his affliction by looking at the spiritual situation and understanding the fate of the wicked and of the righteous.

We are encouraged to examine our own lives and to make sure we have a right attitude in our hearts concerning any afflictions we may be called upon to endure.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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