I Extend Peace to Her like a River
I Extend Peace to Her Like A River
As Christians, we can face some horrendous times. Sure, everyone of whatever faith faces tough times. But, Christians realize that the Lord is the one and only true God and they might agonize over thoughts of God having left them. They might desperately feel that God does not love them any more.
Israel felt that way during the times of Isaiah. They had sinned terribly and were going through times of judgment from the LORD. God used the tough times of His discipline to draw them back to Him. But, as they suffered, they wondered if God could ever love them any more, forgive their sins, and take them back into His tender care once more. So, the prophet Isaiah wrote about how God would destroy all their enemies and provide a Savior in His time, as they humbly turned back to Him. Isaiah 66:12-14 reads,
For thus says the LORD, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you shall be nursed, you shall be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees.
As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Then you shall see this, and your heart shall be glad,
And your bones shall flourish like the new grass;
And the hand of the LORD shall be made known to His servants,
But He shall be indignant toward His enemies.
It takes time to unfold all the mercies of God throughout our lives. We go through times of suffering, but God’s love for us is everlasting. He will not forsake us. We have left Him time and again — only to face the consequences. But, He will always take us back when we turn to Him. All God’s discipline is given in an eternal love that claims us as His own dear children. He will not give up on His children.
So, as God extends out His arms and asks us to return to Him, let us not waste any time, but let Him give us His love and “peace like a river”. It is only in returning to God that we will ever have peace. God has promised to comfort us and make us glad to be in His presence and safety. Christians over the years have experienced God’s loving discipline and comforting peace in their times of devastation.
That’s how it was for Horatio G. Spafford in 1871, when he lost his whole business in the Chicago Fire. Shortly after that he lost his four daughters in a ship collision in the Atlantic. Then, in memory, he humbly wrote \”It Is Well With My Soul\”.
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Refrain: It is well with my soul, It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin — oh, the bliss of this glorious thought —
My sin — not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so — it is well with my soul.
With faith in the LORD by our side, we have the peace and comfort of trusting His love and guidance through whatever happens in this life. Then, He will cause all things to turn out well with our soul. And, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, thank You for holding onto us through thick and thin. Your love is everlastingly faithful.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.