The message of Horatio Spafford’s great hymn It is Well With My Soul has ministered to thousands of suffering souls through the years. One could wonder how such simple words could have such impact in times of great need.
Written with ink from a broken heart, these words look beyond the real and devastating sorrow of this life to eternity. They are grounded in the reality of the resurrection and fastened firmly in the character of our loving Father.
For you see, there is no answer to sorrow in this life. Even the Apostle Paul said, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (I Corinthians 15:19). The pangs of grief are soothed only by the eternal love of God, Who holds his grief-stricken child in His arms as He unveils the glory of His future.
Horatio Spafford, in his great sorrow, caught a glimpse of this future.
May God help us see beyond today and glimpse it, too.
When peace like a river attended my way When sorrows like sea billows roll Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say It is well, it is well, with my soul. 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. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought My sin, not in part but the whole Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh, my soul And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight The clouds be rolled back as a scroll The trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend Even so, it is well with my soul It is well (it is well) With my soul (with my soul) Oh it is well, it is well with my soul
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.
“There is no cure for sorrow in this life,” truly said, let our focus be beyond. Beautiful sentiment.
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There is great joy beyond the sorrow of this life.
I love Spaffords’ story and the hymn birthed from his sorrow. Touched my heart deeply’ So did your post. Thank you.
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Thank you , Steve. I have several friends in the grip of sorrow right now. Only God can bring comfort.