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 obey Your Word." Psalm 119:67
"I know, O LORD, that in faithfulness You have afflicted me." Psalm 119:75