Affliction comes in many forms: disease, divorce, disputes. Nobody I know wants to be in a state of affliction. We naturally want peace and tranquility to carry us through our merry lives. Unfortunately, because of sin, peace and tranquility come in small doses.
But worse, when we are in affliction, many times, people don’t want to be around us either; or sometimes, the affliction is people choosing not to be around us.
In that time, we need to be selfish with the emptiness. Be selfish with our selfish God who opened the doors for us to directly look to Him.
When I have a nice wine in nice glass, I love looking at it’s fullness, I love smelling its bouquet; and to taste its goodness is intoxicating.
So the same should be with Jesus.