Isaiah 38:16-17 ” You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In Your love You kept me from the pit of destruction; You have put all my sins behind Your back.”

At the beginning of this Chapter we find King Hezekiah near death and the prophet Isaiah coming to him saying, “Put your house in order, because you are not going to recover.” (Isaiah 38:1) But when Hezekiah prayer to God for mercy, God relented. The verses above were written by Hezekiah after his illness and recovery, and after a chance to meditate on it all. For he writes this most unlikely phrase here…”Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish.” Let me add another Scripture to go along with this thought. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11) Many times when we are in the midst of personal hardship and suffering we’re not thinking straight… our minds are clouded over and we lack insight and discernment…and it’s not until time has passed that we can see much clearer exactly what the Lord did through it all. Granted, we may still have to “go through” the hardship, illness, or pain, but remember, God’s affection for us never waned as He preserved our life according to His Word. (Psalm 119:25)

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