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It Is Well With My Soul
4/16/2012

It Is Well With My Soul
Overcoming Tribulation

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (NKJV)

There is an old hymn called, "It Is Well With My Soul" and many of us have sung it in church on a Sunday morning.  The man who wrote this song was Horatio Spafford—a prominent lawyer and real estate investor in Chicago back in the late 1800s.  

What is truly amazing though about this song is Horatio wrote it after so much tribulation in his life.  He had lost everything in the great Chicago fire of 1871, and within two years of this great loss he and his wife lost their four daughters as the ocean liner they were sailing upon had sunk.  This would have been enough to crush most people, so how could this man write such a song in the midst of so much tragedy?  

There was only one way—God had brought Horatio to a place of peace.  This man's peace was not dependent upon his circumstances, but upon his relationship and trust in the Lord.  We are told in Philippians 1:6, "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."  Part of this work entails God cleansing our souls and removing those things not of faith—the things we have placed our greater hope and security into.  

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

As we walk through these valleys we will find we have less desires or reliance upon the physical things of this world; instead we will begin to seek our Lord and His will for our lives.  Our trust in Him will increase as our faith will be strengthened, as we find ourselves saying, "Not my will, but thy will be done," just as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:39).   

It is important for us to remember as we go through these tough seasons and face the temptation to quit, and to turn and flee—God loves us so much and He has a perfect plan.  It will mean things will be stripped away in our lives, but it will also allow us to see what we have truly been given in Jesus, and it will allow us to see Him much more clearly.  As we fix our eyes and mind on the author and finisher of our faith our fear will melt away and we, like Horatio will say, "It is well with my soul." 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's not look to our wealth, status, or physical well-being for peace of mind; let us find it in the presence and in our relationship with our Lord.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Heb. 13:5 what promise has God given to His children?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you finding your contentment in God, or do you seek to find it in people and possessions?

APPLICATION: Let's choose to find our true peace in God no matter what we may be facing.  

Let's pray…

Father, thank You for Your perfect peace as we choose to cling to You.  Father, we know the things we possess here on earth are only temporary, but You are worth so much more.  Help us to see what we have truly been given in You in the midst of our temptation to want more, or in the midst of our fear of losing what we have. In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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