It Is Well With My Soul

“Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say it is well, it is well with my soul.”
(Horatio Spafford, It Is Well With My Soul)
It was after his son died, a fire burned up his fortune, and his two daughters died in a shipwreck, that Spafford penned the above words. He wrote the hymn as he approached the area in the ocean where his children had drowned.
I don’t know about you, but that blows my mind. I think that if I was looking into ocean’s depths where my children had taken their last breath, the last thing I would be able to say is, ‘‘It is well with my soul.” I’m 100% certain that this man wasn’t happy. I know that he wasn’t smiling, or laughing when he wrote those words. How can he possibly I have found peace at a time like that?
Colossians 3:15 says,
“ …let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…”
Letting the peace of Jesus lead our hearts is easier said than done, but it’s not unreachable. The reason that Spafford could say, “It is well with my soul” is because it WAS well with his soul. Would he have preferred that circumstances were different? Absolutely! However,  somehow he was still able to say, “It is well with my soul.”
My favorite part of Spafford’s hymn is verse one. “When peace, like a river attendeth my way. When sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, it is well It is well with my soul. ” I love the imagery, but what I really love about it is the coexistence of peace and sorrow. It’s easy for me to resign my pursuit for peace when difficulty comes. I can make an excuse for myself to wallow in a puddle of pity when times are hard. However, that kind of attitude and response is not biblical. There is a peace that surpasses all reason, and it can only be found in Jesus.
To pursue peace means to pursue Jesus. My challenge to us today is that we never let the sea billows of sorrow toss us too far from knowing the peace of Christ. Whatever our lot, may we always be able to say, “It is well with my soul.”

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