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. (Isaiah 38:17)
There cannot be a better description of how an unregenerate soul feels than, “for peace I had bitterness”. Whether we realize it or not at the time, when we come to the discovery of the need for Christ we are all souls most miserable. We feel it. Our life is in turmoil and nothing seems to be right. We desperately need the peace, that tranquility of soul that can only be achieved through Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. The peace of Christ supplies completeness, soundness and a general welfare and state of being unachievable on our own.
The peace of Christ is the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. This peace contrasts the bitterness of our carnal self. Pain; acrid, pungent pain permeates our carnal being. Radiating from us, this bitterness acts as an attractant. Like flies to dung, our environment around us then becomes nothing but misery.
But the spirit rushes in like a mighty wind of peace, joy, love and contentment. Why? Because God loves them who love Him. God will deliver the soul from the pit of corruption. The pit, or the grave. Corruption or that which is without, not within the realm of righteousness, truth or justice; Ungodly!
How does this happen? Why does this happen? God made it very clear when He said, “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” (Ezekiel 18:23).
God gave us all a simple solution to get out of the grave, the pit of corruption. “Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin” (Ezekiel 18:30). In love to our soul is this plea given to us by God.
“Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 18:31) God is asking us to put our sins behind us. He has done the same for the repentant sinner, “for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back”.
God wants us all to live and not die! Why? “For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth. (Isaiah 38:18-19).
For peace I had great bitterness and instead of life, death. God knows this but usually takes some time for us to realize it. Will you respond to the call? Can you, “Cast away from you all your transgressions” and accept forgiveness from God? Will you, “Return from your ways and live”?
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