Saturday, November 4, 2017

Daily Devotion: The When in Bitterness

Bible Reading: Genesis 27:30-40

Key Verse: Verse 34 - “And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father."

Key Words: And when Esau heard

The reason for Esau’s bitter cry was that his father, Isaac, had given his blessing upon Jacob. Jacob now had received the birthright from his father which Esau was in line to receive.

Mark the word bitter found in our text verse. The word means “a sour heart, a sour disposition.”

Have you ever known someone who was bitter? Sour soul—how pitiful!

A thorough study of scripture will reveal to us that bitterness and anger work hand in hand. I have often said and I do believe that a person who is of an angry spirit is a bitter person. Anger is the fruit; bitterness is the root.

Take the oyster for example. Oysters suffer affliction when they get a grain of sand lodged inside their shells. No matter what they do, they can’t get rid of it. The sand gets lodged there and it’s irritating to the oyster. It’s a thorn. It drives them crazy. To bring comfort to their anguish, they begin to coat the grain of sand over and over and over again. Coating the sand doesn’t get rid of it; it just comforts them.

Over time the coating of the grain of sand over and over again produces something that costs a mint. It’s called a pearl. Do you know what a pearl is? A pearl is the result of an irritated oyster. Out of that came something women place great value on.

The pain resulted in beauty. Their pain resulted in elegance. The pain results in something of high value. When God allows us to suffer, He is producing something precious.

Isn’t it interesting that the oyster takes a grain of sand and turns it into a beautiful pearl? Too often, we humans do just the opposite. We take pearls and turn them into sand.

What to do:
✞ Don’t let situations in your life make you bitter, but better.

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