"It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes" (Psalm 119:71).
I find afflictions to be good for me. I have always found them so. Afflictions are happy means in the hands of the Holy Spirit to subdue . . .
my evil passions, and
my inordinate love to the creature.
Afflictions . . .
soften my hard heart,
bring me to my knees,
Afflictions make me poor in spirit, and nothing in my own eyes!
"Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word" (Psalm 119:67).
"I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me" (Psalm 119:75).
(Letters of Joseph Williams, 1822)