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.”

Peace Be Still

It always amazes me how fast January goes by. One day we are celebrating the new year, and the next Punxatawney Phil is looking for his shadow. February can be a strange month weather wise. I never put much stock in the furry rodent’s predictions but, the up and down weather can be a trial. February can be cold, stormy, icy, warm, flirtatious, and down right horrible! What are you gonna do?

Tuesday and Wednesday evening during our Bible study . . . hey here’s an idea, if you don’t normally attend our Bible study, try it, I know you’ll like it. This past Wednesday we talked about Jesus calming the storm in Luke chapter eight. A furious storm descended upon Jesus and His disciples as they crossed the Sea of Galilee. This storm that was attempting to sink the boat can be likened to the storms of life . . . the storms of February that would try to sink us. The enemy stirs up those storms in order to frustrate, discourage, even destroy us. You may be experiencing a storm this morning. Be assured Jesus is with you, He cares, and He can speak to that storm, “Peace be still,” just as He did in Luke chapter eight.

Let February blast us with its worst . . . let the enemy throw what feeble attempts he may have at us . . . our God is greater, more than able to take the teeth out of the storms of life. At the end of the day we can rest assured in “Peace, Be Still.”

~Pastor Rod

Our Strength and Peace

“…for I have learned in whatever situation to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need” (Philippians 11:12).

Paul knew what it was like to suffer. He also knew what it was like to live in comfort. He had felt the security of having plenty of resources at his disposal and at other times having barely enough to get by. He had been persecuted and honored. Hungry and filled. There was even a time when he was shipwrecked.

Paul had lived a grand life, filled with many different circumstances; some really good and some really bad. Through Paul’s experiences were all over the place, there was one constant in his life that defined everything else.

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”  (Philippians 4:13).

The strength of Christ was Paul’s secret to contentment. He wasn’t struggling on his own power to make everything in his life perfect. He wasn’t so focused on the wind and the waves of the stormy sea of life that he lost focus of the One who has the authority to calm the raging sea. jesus wad the Source of truth in his life. He wasn’t defined by the chos or worldly success. He was defined by his trust in the power of God.

Today as you look over your life, do you see stormy seas ahead? Have the waves risen and washed away your hope for a sunny day? Perhaps all you see are clear skies and sunshine. Do you know that you need God’s power working in you just as much on good day as you do on the bad ones?

My challenge to all of us today is to look to Jesus. Whatever the circumstance, experience, or day, Jesus is where our contentment and strength come from. he is the Light of the world. He is Emmanuel (God with us). His is Saviour, King, Almighty God. He is our strength and our peace.