“You in faithfulness have afflicted me.” Psalm 119:75. God brings our sins to the surface of our consciousness in order to remove them from our lives. He carefully applies pressure just where it’s needed. Never does He arbitrarily break us. On the contrary, His plan is to work on our sinful self-sufficiency, greed, lust, and pride. With our eternal joy and benefit in mind, He cuts into those priorities and attitudes that distort our character and reduce our ability to reflect His wisdom and goodness. It’s up to us to participate with God in this work by yielding to Him. If we do, we will develop Christ like character. The breaking of the outer man is God’s way of blessing the inner man.