Chapter Five: The Waves and Winds Still Know His Voice

The Power of Jesus Christ

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.

“This hymn was written after several traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his only son in 1871 at the age of four, shortly followed by the great Chicago Fire which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer). Then in 1873, he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre, but sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sailing ship, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone…” Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.”
– Wikipedia, accessed on January 31, 2012

Worship or curse. Which one are you more inclined to do in trials and tribulation? During the midst of troubling times it can be difficult to see the hand of God or feel the sweet embrace of the Holy Spirit, or even trust in the words of Jesus. Yet, Christ has called us to put all our trust and care in Him.

No matter the circumstance, the bellowing of the winds, the moving of the earth or the emptiness of heart-ache can separate us from the love of God. Trust in the One who has the power over all things.

Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
– James 5:11 (ESV)

P.S. Please feel free to share your comments and questions.

Rob

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