This is the proper view we are to take of our afflictions

(William Jay)

We are very imperfect judges of our own welfare, and not able to see how certain adverse events can ever help us. Yet the Apostle Paul says, "We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose!" Romans 8:28 

And again: "For the LORD disciplines those He loves, and He chastens each one He accepts as His child!" Hebrews 12:6

This is the proper view we are to take of our afflictions:

They are the result of divine goodness.

They are the discipline of our heavenly Father.

They are the prunings of a husbandman, to ensure better fruit.

They are the ploughing of the fallow ground, to prepare it for the reception of the seed.

They are the refinings of the furnace, that when we are tried we may come forth as gold!

"I have refined you in the furnace of affliction!" Isaiah 48:10