In 1873, Horatio G. Spafford wrote the words to this song after experiencing great tragedies in his family. His wife and four daughters were on a ship that collided with another vessel and sank. Of his family, only his wife survived. As he sailed to be with his grieving wife, in the area where the ship went down with his four daughters, the words to this song came forth.
1 “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
*Refrain: It is well with my soul, It is well, it is well with my soul
2 Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul…
It has been 144 years since that song was written. Today in 2017, we can still say “It is well with our soul” because of the revelation of Jesus Word to us and the power of the Holy Spirit who is active in our lives.
As we focus on what is ahead for 2017, we must know that God loves us. His presence is always with us. We are a three part being with a spirit, soul and body. When we accepted Jesus, our spirit came alive to God and we can have fellowship with Him. The body is the part of us where we reside on earth. The body needs nutritious food, exercise and adequate rest to function at its best.
Our soul consists of our mind, our will and our emotions. Our soul has to be renewed by God’s word so rather than believe what others say about us or be influenced by the world or allow demonic forces to plant negative thoughts in our mind, we have to learn to “cast down vain imaginations” and speak and believe what the Word says about us.
For those of us who work on computers and the internet, we are in constant communication with others by sending and receiving messages. This is possible when we have an internet connection. When my connection is lost, I call my IT guy (my husband) for HELP! It is the same with staying in connection with Jesus. When we feel like we are disconnected from the Lord, we can call out to Him. The Proverbs say, “the Word will rise up (In your spirit) and speak to you.” God is always speaking to you in your spirit. We cannot hear Him when we do not quiet our minds to listen.
The lyric’s to Horatio Spafford’s song continue to point out what is needed for our soul “to be well”… the answer is JESUS and all He promises:
- Peace that only He provides
- Authority to use His name over Satan and his forces
- The power that comes from speaking the Word by faith
- The awareness that Christ knows what is going on with you
- Knowing that Jesus shed His blood for your sins
- Recognizing that sin has no power over you
- A strengthened faith through the power of His Word
- Gift of hope — Hope is what God says about you, not what you think about yourself
Today, Jesus says to us: “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration, but be of good cheer—take courage, be confident, certain, undaunted—for I have overcome the world,–I have deprived it of power to harm, have conquered it for you.” John 16:33 Amplified
Jesus is continuing to teach us to say, “it is well with my soul.”
Judy Graham, National President