I Will Trust In Him
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, have never abandoned anyone who searches for you.”
Horatio G. Spafford was a prominent lawyer and senior partner in a large law firm in Chicago, IL (USA). He invested heavily in real estate. In 1871 Chicago had a Great Fire and he lost all his material possessions, and it also destroyed most of his investments.
In 1873, Spafford made the decision that his family should take a vacation in England where his friend D. L. Moody would be preaching. He sent his wife and four children ahead of him as he had business obligations to finalize before he could leave.
On November 22, 1873 the steamship Ville du Havre was crossing the Atlantic and the ship was struck by an iron sailing vessel. Two hundred and twenty-six passengers lost their lives, including all four of the Spafford children. His wife survived the tragedy. When she arrived in England she sent a telegram to her husband stating: “Saved alone”.
According to the website wikipedia.com, “(Attorney) Spafford then sailed to England, going over the location of his daughters' deaths.”, and it was at that time he composed the lyrics of the song, “It Is Well With My Soul”. A few lines of the song are: “When peace like a river attendeth my way...When sorrows like sea billows roll...What ever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say...It is well, it is well with my soul...It is well, with my soul”. “For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live...If Jordan above me shall roll...No pain shall be mine, for in death as in life...Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul...It is well, with my soul...”.
Is your life full of struggles and are you suffering? Are you able to sing, “It is well, it is well with my soul”? If you can, you have learned one of the secrets that Job learned as he struggled and suffered.
Job realized how frail humanity is; how short life is; how life is full of troubles, and he realized that life is not fair. However, he seemed to be able to put his struggles and suffering in the proper perspective when he stated: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”.
Attorney Spafford and Job placed their complete trust in our Almighty God. He is the One who understands, and He will never abandon you or leave you. It is when you place your trust in Him that you will receive His peace “flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.”.
It is well, it is well with my soul.”
Lord God, thank You for giving to us Your peace during our time of struggles and suffering. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington