It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.

We have a choice of how we respond to the difficulties of this life.

Use hard times to examine yourself in the Lord and ask the hard questions of obedience to His commands.. 

Don’t use hard times as an excuse for disobedience, which is easy to do. We do tend to let ourselves off the hook in our commitments and obedience to the Lord when we are in troubled times.