It is well with my Soul

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (I Corinthians 10:13).

           Flu and pneumonia is taking a toll on our congregation.  Many are out sick with a large number having to spend time in the hospital.  While many are physically sick it is encouraging to know that we can remain well spiritually.  Even though our bodies may ache the faithful child of God can say, “It is well with my soul”.

            God has promised His children that no matter what comes up against us in our lives we will be able to overcome.  This is not accomplished because we are so strong, but rather because God is so strong and faithful. Christ said, And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10:28-31).

          Satan cannot steal our souls from Christ.  As a child of God our souls will be lost only when we give into Satan. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world (I John 4:4).

            In 1871, the great fire hit the city of Chicago leaving 300 dead and 100,000 homeless.  One resident lawyer of Chicago, Horatio Spafford, had invested much of his money in the downtown property and with the fire suffered great financial loss.  But even as a greater tragedy one of those killed in the fire was Spafford’s only son.

            Two years after the fire Spafford and his family decided to go to England on an evangelistic crusade.  Spafford’s departure was delayed but he sent his wife and four daughters ahead intending to join them in a few days.  Their ship never made it across the Atlantic, but collided with another ship and sank within twenty minutes.  Of those onboard the ship only 47 were rescued.  Mrs. Spafford was one of the survivors but all four daughters were lost.  Upon her rescue Mrs. Spafford sent a two word telegram to her husband “saved alone”.

            During the time that Spafford traveled to be reunited with his wife he wrote the words to that beautiful hymn, It Is Well With My Soul.

            Is it well with your soul?