The hymn, It is well with my soul, was written by a successful christian lawyer, Horatio G. Spafford. In 1871, the great Chicago fire wiped out his vast estate and two years later, while on a summer trip to England, his wife and four daughters died as their ship – the SS Ville du Havre – sunk.
However, his wife survived. When she eventually arrived in England, she sent him a telegram that read Saved Alone. Spafford wrote the hymn while sailing to England to join his wife.
Your attitude determines your altitude. When you reflect on your life, career and family, what do you do? Do you praise God? Do you have a positive attitude towards God? Do you mumble against God?
Whether you believe it or not, several people would rather be in your shoes than in their predicaments. Some want to walk like you, live in a house like yours or be as healthy as you are.
Instead of mumbling, be grateful and affirm that it is indeed well with your soul.
To do this, you must:
- Be positive (2 Kings 4:26): 2 Kings 4 tells the story of a woman who had lost everything – her husband and children. Regardless of how severe her circumstances were, she held onto her faith and confessed “It is well.”
- Be obedient (Jeremiah 42:6, Joshua 1:8): Pay attention and yield to every word of God – regardless of how convenient or inconvenient His instructions may be. When you obey God’s word, he gives you the strength to break through every roadblock. Meditate, confess and obey His word, let it be a part of you.
- Be prayerful (Philippians 4:6): By praying, you share your challenges with the one who truly cares about you. Talk to God every day and continue to develop your relationship with him.
Action Point: No matter the challenges you are facing at the moment, be grateful to God because all things work together for your good.
Biblical Reference: Jeremiah 1:5