July 30 – Hymn Series

It is well with my Soul

“And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight..”

Life is hard. There are things that happen that we can’t comprehend, that make no sense. We experience grief, heartache and horror. There are things that make us question if God even exists. And that’s okay.
We strive for peace, we read, and question and ask for peace. But I wonder if we experience the most peace when we’re going through the hardest stuff? Perhaps peace rises in the oddest of places? It’s the supernatural contrast in life that brings us back declaring, that even so… it is well.

“Though the fig tree does not bud    
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails    
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen    
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,    
I will be joyful in God my Saviour.”

– Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NIV)

Many of us are familiar with the tragedy the author Horatio Spafford experienced when He wrote “It is Well,” his words were declared out of deep grief.

He reminds us that whatever our lot, we can say, It is well. It is well, not when it is over, when it’s summer, or Friday, or when the pain has passed. Peace is now and through. Peace is even through it all – inner calm with chaos.

“Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know
It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

But it still doesn’t feel too well I say to myself. 
Our world, our humanity, even day to day. How can it be “even so”….well? Stating that when things aren’t truly well, there is still something that is well. It is our trust in the one that makes all things well. God is in all things, even our trauma and trials. He is bigger than our life storms, and he will fight for us, and see them through.

Peace be still
You are here so it is well
Even when my eyes can’t see
I will trust the voice that speaks
– Peace Be Still, – The Belonging Co.

Urging you to take heart today. That you experience His promise of peace with whatever you are facing.

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
– Oscar Wilde

Further Reading:

“Be still, and know that I am God..”
Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

“For this is what the Lord says:” I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on here knees. – Isaiah 66:12 (NIV)

“Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ- the Message- have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives – words, actions, whatever- be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
– Colossians 3:15 (MSG)

5 Replies to “July 30 – Hymn Series”

  1. This is one of my favourite hymns.
    At times life has been unpredictable however
    “It is well with my soul “ through God’s saving grace has been such a calm and comfort .
    Thank you Brittany

  2. In these times of uncertainty., trying to recreate some normalcy while stuck in a bubble., being careful of where I go and who I see so that I can finally visit with my mother who’s health makes her so vulnerable to this virus. Missing family and friends, fellowship at Church and Bible study… The only reason I can say.. “Even so, it is well with my soul, is because I have Christ walking with me every second of every day! Amen & Amen!

  3. Thank you for the reminder that it can be well with my soul even in these times. This is a favorite song with many people and when you know the story behind it , it is the more peaceful. Betty

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