It is Well

Re:Verse passage – Job 1:13-22 (day seven)

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. vs 21b

The year is 1873. Horatio Spafford decides it is time for his family to take a vacation. After all, it has been a rough two year span. In 1871 they lost a son to scarlet fever, and shortly after that, the Chicago fire wiped out much of the family business. Upon departure for the vacation, Horatio gets called back to the office, but he insists that his family continue to set sail for Europe. He would catch the next boat and meet them there…

Imagine the feeling when he receives the telegram stating there was an accident. Then another saying only his wife survived, his four remaining children did not. Imagine the feeling days later as he sailed over the exact spot his children died. Satan probably thought, “But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” Vs 11

Instead, Mr. Spafford wrote the lyrics:

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.

Mr. Spafford learned well from Job. When we hit rock bottom, Satan expects us to curse God. Job blessed the Lord. Mr. Spafford said “It is Well.” What will your response be when you hit rock bottom?

Author: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson is the Associate Pastor for Students.

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