Monday, July 23, 2012

Hymn of the Month - It Is Well With My Soul

A couple of years ago I used this hymn as my Hymn of the Month. In the video was a brief re-telling of the story of Horatio and Anna Spafford and the circumstances that led to the writing of this song. It is well worth watching and the song, with the lyrics included, is very well done.

But today, with the Colorado tragedy so much on people's minds, I thought Phil Wickham's version of this favorite hymn would be an encouragement. We live in a broken world, but there is peace available through Christ. This isn't the world's peace, Jesus told us, but His peace. As we keep our minds fixed on Him, He gives us His peace. That peace is not just so that we can survive this world's troubles; it's so that we can offer His peace to the world around us.

Whether it is the weight of the world's woes or the brokenness of your own heart that you carry today, may you look to Jesus and find His peace.

If you'd like to read the story of Horatio and Anna Spafford, I recommend the historic novel, Finding Anna, by Christine Schaub.

As for scripture that talks about the peace that comes from trusting in the Lord, here are three passages you should know:
Isaiah 26:3 -- You will keep in perfect peace him mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
John 14:27 -- Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Acts 16:16-40 -- Remember when Paul and Silas were in jail and the doors of the jail were opened in an earthquake, the chains fell from the prisoners, and Paul and Silas remained in prison, singing? Well, they had Christ's peace, and it allowed them to be a testimony to others around them of this peace of God, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

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