There are two promises in this verse. We can expect to be afflicted if we want to be men and women of God. You’re going to be where everything that is happening will test your strength. The righteous will be afflicted but the “Lord delivers him out of them all.”
Three times in this chapter we find this deliverance. In verse 4, deliverance from fear, in verse 17, deliverance from troubles, and in verse 19, deliverance from all afflictions. 1 What an encouraging promise, we live in midst of a world that is full of problems, and these problems cause us heavy burdens, but God is able to deliver us from them.
I-NOTICE THE CAUSE OF OUR BURDENS:
It is impossible to make a list of all of them, but let’s look at a few.
A-Some Are Caused By Sickness:
1-Many people are weighed down by this heavy burden of sickness.
2-When I was in the hospital back in the 70’s, I met a man in the x-ray waiting room. He was very upset for he just found out that he had cancer of the lung. He had come in the hospital for a physical as he was about to enroll in FBI school. He told me life wasn’t fair for he had just got the break he had been looking for. I asked him about his relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ in which he said, “none.” And he would not even talk to me about the Lord. Many are like him in that they have serious sickness, but they don’t have Jesus to support them in their time of need.
3-The Bible tells us about a man who was burdened down with a illness but after getting it settled with the Lord, he didn’t let it stop him form doing a great work for the Lord. Of course we are talking about “Paul.” (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
4-For most of his life, historian Francis Parkman suffered from very poor health. He had rheumatism, severe headaches, extremely poor digestion. He was in such pain he couldn't bear to write for more than five minutes at a time. On top of that his vision was so poor he could scrawl only a few large words on each sheet of paper. Yet he was able to write The Oregon Trail and nearly twenty other superb historical books. Where there's a will, there's a way. 2
B-Some Are Caused By Sorrows:
1-One of these sorrows are family sorrows. Some homes have a plaque which say, “Home Sweet Home.” But the real truth is that many of these homes are not sweet, most have conflicts which cause sorrows.
2-I was visiting with a pastor during a revival in which I was preaching. As we visited, the husband began to cry, and said, “Pastor, I am sorrow I wan not at Church Sunday, but my wife pitched a fit that morning.” Then he began to cry and said, “I think she is going to leave me for she told me she wanted a divorce.”
3-Another sorrow is the sorrow of death. Anything we lose in life hurts but the loss of a love one hurts the most.
4-I was visiting the AMG building one day in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The guide showed us the TV studio and told us that Pastor W.O. Vaught a preacher in Little Rock, Arkansas was suppose to be using the studio at that time to tape some Bible studies. But, he just couldn’t do it for he was still burdened down by the loss of his wife.