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I Extend Peace to Her like a River

May 28, 2016

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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.

Refrain

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!

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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.

Philippians 3:12

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