“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. . . . [For] your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”Luke 12:22, 30–31
Have you heard the older hymn “It Is Well With My Soul?” Chances are if you grew up in the church you heard it frequently and if you currently attend church you might hear a more popular rendition.
The hymn was written by Horatio Spafford who was a wealthy lawyer in Chicago where he lived happily with his wife and their five children.
Would you be able to say “It Is Well With My Soul” if this was your life?
Things did not stay that way. In 1871 he lost his 2-year-old son in the Great Chicago Fire. Less significant, but important to note is he also lost most of his wealth in the fire because he had primarily invested his riches in property that had been lost.
A few years later, he was supposed to go to Europe with his family but sent his daughters and wife ahead because he had to deal with business in Chicago.
The ship that had his daughters and wife on it sank, and all four of his daughters died. Only his wife survived.
As he traveled overseas to meet his wife, he was inspired to write the lyrics to the famous hymn “It Is Well With My Soul,” that goes:
“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.”
Now I ask again: would you be able to say “It Is Well With My Soul” if this was your life?
Horatio was able to say this right after he had lost his son, his success, and his four daughters.
Because he did not place just his trust in God during life’s prosperity, but in life calamities as well.
Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11-13:
“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
The secret to containment in life is a steadfast trust in God despite the circumstances you are experiencing.
One of the reasons it is so important to learn the Word of God and form a relationship with God is so that you will not waiver in your trust when things get rough.
Horatio spent years and years studying the word of God before life took a devastating turn. Because he had a strong trust in God, he was able to survive the horrible circumstances that came his way.
Sometimes you might feel like its hard to trust God when you are going through tough life situations. You might even feel like there is nothing left to live for.
Whether you are experiencing loss, death, failure, or any type of chaos, know that there is a place that you can place your trust that will give you grounded in a way that you can’t experience through anything else.
Let Horatio’s story be a reminder for you and an example to of what an unwavering faith in God looks like, and how it can impact your life.
The fact of the matter is, you are going to go through tough times in life. You are going to lose loved ones, you’re going to experience failure, you’re going to feel hopeless at points.
But we serve a loving God who not only gives us the chance to develop a deep relationship with him but desires us to do so.
A relationship with God will not only build our trust in Him but it will sustain us when times get tough.
Work on your trust in God now, so that when unplanned circumstances arise, you can have faith in Him that He will carry you through it.
Don’t just place your trust in God during life’s prosperity, but in life calamities as well.
Thoughts For The Day
Do you think your faith in God is steady enough to get you through the events that happened to Horatio?
Do you place your trust in God during the bad seasons or just the good seasons?
How can you work to trust God more now so that when circumstances become difficult you can find yourself unwavering in your trust for God?
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