Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It is well within my soul

As I have been reading the bible more and getting a better relationship with God, I came across the saying It is well within my soul , in  my devotional book and I actually have it framed, but I did not really know what it meant or where it came from. 
I began to research the story of it. If you have not read the story then here it is 

“It Is Well With My Soul” was written by a Church Layman, named Horatio G. Spafford in 1828. As a young man he established a very successful legal practice in Chicago. Even thou he enjoyed great financial success, he held fast to his Christian Faith as well as the close relationship he had with D.L. Moody and other evangelical leaders of that time.

A few months before the Chicago Fire of 1871, Spafford had invested heavily in real estate on the shore of Lake Michigan. All of his holdings were wiped out by the disaster which came on the heels of him losing his only son to Scarlet Fever. Desiring rest for his grieving wife and four daughters, Spafford planned a European trip for his family in 1873. However, due to some last minute business developments, he was unable to travel. Instead he sent his wife and children ahead, promising to follow in a few days.

In early November the ship his family was traveling on was struck by the Lochearn, an English vessel, and sank in twelve minutes. Several days later the survivors landed in Wales. Mrs. Spafford cabled her husband, “Saved Alone.”

Shortly afterward Spafford left by ship to join his devastated wife. It is speculated that on the sea near the area where it was thought his four daughters had drowned, Spafford penned this text with words so significantly describing his own personal grief- “When sorrows like sea billows roll…”

After all the trials sprafford  went through , he still trusted God and knew God was with him.
 Here is the hymn :

“It Is Well With My Soul”

“When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll-
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul. 

Tho Satan should buffet, tho trails should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed his own blood for my soul. 
My sin- O the bliss of this glorious tho’t-
My sin not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, O my soul!

And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll-
The trump shall re-sound and the Lord shall descend,
‘Even-so”- It is well with my soul.

It is well….With my soul…It is well, it is well with my soul.”

The peace Jesus gives brings a sense of assurance that no matter what happens you know "it is well with my soul." He says to us, "Peace I leave with you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and... afraid." (John 14:27)

 Can you imagine going through what Mr. Sprafford went and literally losing all your kids within just a few weeks, but yet still have the strength to have such powerful words.

I can only hope that I would have the strength and the peace to carry on and know It is well within my soul.

I pray that each of you will remember no matter what trials you are going through or what lies ahead,  there is nothing to big for God. 

I attached a link to listen the song. It's even more powerful to the ears. 

1 comment:

Bekka Joy said...

Isn't it amazing. When I first read his story I was awed by his faith. And can now barely sing that hymn without tearing up! Thanks for an encouraging post x