There is a hymn which I love entitled “It Is Well With My Soul” written by Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss. From the original lyrics, it is the second stanza which speaks most to my heart:
“Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.”
Horatio Spafford lost nearly everything. He was a successful lawyer. He had invested in a large amount of property which he lost out on financially during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. His son had died at a young age. He and his wife and their four daughters were to sail to Europe together but Horatio was detained in Chicago. The ship collided with another vessel and sank, killing all of their children with only his wife surviving. (Wikipedia and references therein)
That much loss would certainly do most people in. But not Horatio. He met up with his wife and they added to their family only to lose yet another young son. Through it all He focused upon God and he expressed that focus, that faith, so eloquently in the hymn he wrote. Horatio had hope and faith in God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord and he never took his eyes off of his eternal home yet to come.
Can we say it is well with us? Would we become violently ill if our physical health mirrored the current state of our spiritual health? Or, would we instead remain steady through the storms of life as we continue to place our hope and faith in Christ alone?
For myself I can honestly say I am continuing to grow in this area of spiritual health and well-being. I have experienced my share of loss, sadness, pain and the sort. I have not always remained steadfast during those times because I allowed my spiritual health to deteriorate. My focus shifted from Christ’s sacrifice for my soul’s eternity to the here and now problems of life on earth. I did not remain in God’s Word nor did I continue in faith and hope. I was NOT well. My soul was not well.
Horatio Spafford suffered, as have you and I, but the One Who suffered most was our Savior, Jesus Christ. He shed His own blood for our souls. Christ died to make it possible to spend eternity in Heaven without the loss, sadness or pain. He died so that our souls could be well.
If you are facing a trial right now have courage in Christ Who is your strength. He is the One Who can make your soul well through it all.
“Lord Jesus I praise Your Holy Name. I thank You, Lord, for shedding Your blood for my soul. Thank You for the spiritual health and well-being found only in You, Lord. Thank You for eternity. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.” (3 John 2, Jer 17:7-8)
Kami R. Lobner