“As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25).
Our God is doing good things, not only to our body but also to our souls perfectly. The great benefit which our soul receives is the remission of sins. The Gospel remains as another benefit for the soul.
Imagine a man walking in the sun for a long distance. If he, who longs for water and shadow, finds an apple tree at a distance, how happy he will be! He will begin to run towards the shady tree loaded with apples. How joyful he would be if he also finds a fountain there! It is, in this way, the Good News coming from a far country will make your heart rejoice. The Scripture says, “Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste” (Song of Solomon 2:3).
The Scripture says, “Good news from a far country”. Heaven is that far country. The Good News coming from there is the Gospel. The Good News of God is like cold water to the soul. That is why Jesus had compassion for them, and He began to teach them many things (Mark 6:34).
The Good News will make the bones healthy (Proverbs 15:30). A good word makes it glad (Proverbs 12:25). What is the Good News which we have received? The Good News is that Jesus Christ died for us. Jesus who died, Resurrected and this is the Good News. The Good News is that Jesus, who died will not die again. The Good News is that the King of the Jews has Resurrected.
Though Job was a saint of the Old Testament, see how joyously he enjoys the Good News. “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27).
Dear children of God, you might be hearing news of the defeat, news of sorrow and news of distress so far. But, today, open your mouth and say again and again, “My Redeemer is alive”. Then, God will change all your sorrows into joy.
To meditate: “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (II Corinthians 12:9).