I heard Kenneth Copeland lately emphatically declaring that whenever Christians experience sickness, pain, persecution, or poverty we must never attribute these things to our good God. Not ever. They are always the work of Satan because our good God never does any of these evil things. Satan does.
Now, while this whole issue isn't the subject of this sermon, there are some clear verses of Scripture that make it difficult to always rule out God's hand in times of affliction. The Bible doesn't always yield its truth to our tastes. And sometimes, not even to our theology. Yet there is still no denying the Scriptures teach God is good. This very Psalm were studying today makes this point with stark simplicity:
Psalm 119:68 - "You are good and do good..."
So there is no denying God is good. And there is no denying that what God does is good. The problem is the Psalmist goes on to say, three verses later, that it was good that he was afflicted. How can this be? How can affliction be good?