Most of us have sung the beautiful hymn “It Is Well with My Soul” for years without realizing that it was written by a man who experienced great personal loss. Even in the midst of his tragedy, he was able to find an assurance in God’s goodness. This song encourages our hearts to praise God whatever our circumstances maybe.
When life gets rough and all appears to be lost … we encourage ourselves that ‘it is well with our soul.’ Our COURAGE is the key to us surviving the aftermath of a devastating blow. The Bible says:
We are hard pressed on every side, BUT NOT crushed.
Worried , BUT NOT hopeless.
Mistreated, BUT NOT abandoned.
Often when we are faced with overwhelming difficulty we feel like we’re in a dead end, but the truth is that no one is ever out of HOPE … there’s always a way out with God.
Because of God’s faithfulness, we can say, “It is well with my soul.” When Satan targets us … JESUS is rooting for us … we will never be ashamed.
I did a search online for the story behind this great hymn “It is well with my soul” and thought why not share it with the hope that someone like myself will be encouraged.
***** Credit for the story goes to Fernando Cabrera the senior pastor of New Life church in the Bronx, New York.
The song “It Is Well With My Soul” was written by a successful Christian lawyer Heratio Spafford. His only son died at age 4 in 1871. In 1872, the great Chicago fire wiped out his vast estate, made from a successful legal career. In 1873 he sent his wife and four daughters over to Europe on a summer trip on the ill fated SS Ville du Havre. Since he had a lot of work to do, he planned to follow them later.
The Ship sank and he lost his four daughters with the wife being the only survivor. She sent him a famous telegram which simply read, “SAVED ALONE….” On his return home, his Law firm was burned down and the insurance company refused to pay him. They said “It’s an Act of God”. He had no money to pay for his house and no work, he also lost his house.
Then while sitting and thinking what’s happening to him, being a spiritual person, he wrote a song – “Whatever, my Lord, You have taught me to say – It is well, it is well with my soul”.
My dear friend, a good attitude will determine your altitude. When you look at your life, career, job or family life, what do you say? Do you praise God? Do you blame the devil?
A good attitude towards God makes Him move on your behalf. Just sit down and say, “Today, God, it is well with my soul, I am thankful I had a peaceful sleep, I am thankful I am alive with possibilities, I am thankful I have a roof over me, I am thankful I have a job, I am thankful that I have Family and Friends.
Above all, I am thankful that I have the Lord Jesus Christ on my side.” Be blessed and don’t be envious or shocked when others are prospering because you don’t know what they have been through to get there (test, trials and tribulation) so thank God for what you have.
“Little is much when God is in it. It Is Well With My Soul!” Touch someone’s life with this message. If God is for us, who can be against us? A blessing is coming your way, my friend.
May all who put their hope in God take pleasure in saying … “Whatever, my Lord, You have taught me to say – It is well, it is well with my soul”.