Spiritual Antacid

Michael Beck

“Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.” (Lamentations 3:19,20)

There are experiences of life that leave a sweet, sweet taste in the mouth. Their memory is blessed. Other experiences are the exact opposite. Out of nowhere, we can remember something which fills our heart and mind with an acrid bitterness. Our soul becomes discomforted as we revisit the pain we had hoped was behind us.

What can we do when this “acid reflux” of the soul arises? There is a balm in Gilead that can relieve us of the stinging bitterness. What is this spiritual antacid? It is the wise decision to know and believe that God is our blessed Redeemer, who wonderfully works all things together for good in our life.

Joseph had plenty to be bitter about. He was the victim of great mistreatment – from his brothers, from Potiphar and his wife, from the butler who left him to rot in jail. Joseph could have spent the remainder of his life diseased with bitterness. But he chose to take a divine perspective. “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good” (Gen. 50:20).

Antacids work quickly and efficiently to tame the discomfort of indigestion. They allow us to go back to sleep when awakened by stomach acids backing up into our throat. Our souls also need rest. When painful, distressing memories suddenly plague your soul, choose to remember the overarching hand of your good God. His benevolent plans for you are far greater then the actions of even the most malevolent men. Take a spiritual antacid. Let your soul return to her rest.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.