The Daily Nugget
Monday, December 5, 2016
Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
Our verse is one from the days of King Hezekiah. The Lord had sent him a message that he should get his house in order for he would soon die. The sickness he suffered would bring death. The King prays and begs God for more years to be added to his life. The Lord mercifully answers that prayer and adds many more years to Hezekiah’s life. Our verse is taken from the time of praise that Hezekiah offers up to the Lord for sparing his life. He mentions the peace that he had during this ordeal. Even in the storm, Hezekiah had peace in his spirit that all would be well. He mentions that his peace was even among his “bitterness”. His bitterness is his referring to his death stricken sickness. Even near death, he had peace. Dear friend, if you are a saved child of God you too can have peace in all your situations of this life. We, as the redeemed, win either way. If the storm takes us out, we win. If we survive the storm, we win. Many times it is hard for us to have peace when things look dim, but whatever the outcome, we are still safe in the arms of God. The storms of life no doubt try our faith and will sometimes put a shadow over our peace. But we can reach into the depths of our soul and find great peace. Even in times of bitter trial, we have peace through the stability of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!