God answers our cry for relief with an invitation: Draw near to Me. John Parsons at Hebrew for Christians explains:

There is an “upside-down way” of experiencing heavenly growth and lasting prosperity: “It was good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your decrees” (Psalm 119:71). Affliction is a teacher… There is a blessing when you feel like you are falling to pieces — namely, realizing the truth that you are indeed falling to pieces and thereby knowing “in your bones” that only God can hold you together… Affliction serves as a “leash” of sorts, keeping us close to God’s side, helping us number our days to attain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12). As Yeshua said: Ashrei aniyei ha’ruach: “blessed are the poor in spirit,” ki la’hem malchut ha’shamayim: “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3). Such inner poverty is a disguised grace, and the desire for healing reveals the Spirit’s invitation. Kotzer ruach (קוֹצֶר רוּחַ) is a phrase that means being short of breath, panting for the Divine Presence, yearning for God. When you are wounded, desperate, and find nothing else within you for life, then you are able to see clearly and to receive the miracle of the divine comfort. “I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant. Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for your Torah is my delight” (Psalm 119:75-77). 

Written by Jeff King

Jeff is a retired newspaper journalist in the United States and follower of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth

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