In this hymn written by Horatio Spafford, he can say all is well with his soul. Even though he had faced numerous tragedies in his life, he still relied on God for his strength.
It has been over a century since this song was written. Things have really changed during this time. However, one thing hasn’t changed. We still experience trials. It is not a question of if we will face hard times, but when.
During troubled times, where do you find your strength? Do you feed and strengthen your body each day, but not your soul? Is your body strong, but your soul weak? Mark 8:36-37 asks the question “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
We don’t have to rely on our own strength. We can rely on the strength of God. “God is our refuge and our strength , an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3).
Romans 8:38-39 tells us that nothing can stop God’s constant presence with us. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God didn’t promise Christians an easy life. He promised he would never leave us alone. He promised to be with us in the rough times. He can give us a kind of peace that can come only from Him. It is a kind of peace where we can say it is well with our souls.