- It Is Well With My Soul – Psalm | Devotions: Food for Body and Spirit
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- Streams in the Desert - September 20
Both of them said to Him, "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. We do not understand how you could let death come to the man whom you loved. We do not understand how you could let sorrow and suffering ravage our lives when your presence might have stayed it all. Why did you not come? It is too late now, for already he has been dead four days! Abraham could not understand why God should ask the sacrifice of the boy; but he trusted.
And he saw the glory of God in his restoration to his love. Moses could not understand why God should keep him forty years in the wilderness, but he trusted; and he saw when God called him to lead forth Israel from bondage.
It Is Well With My Soul – Psalm | Devotions: Food for Body and Spirit
Joseph could not understand the cruelty of his brethren, the false witness of a perfidious woman, and the long years of an unjust imprisonment; but he trusted, and he saw at last the glory of God in it all. Jacob could not understand the strange providence which permitted the same Joseph to be torn from his father's love, but he saw the glory of God when he looked into the face of that same Joseph as the viceroy of a great king, and the preserver of his own life and the lives of a great nation.
And so, perhaps in your life. You say, "I do not understand why God let my dear one be taken. I do not understand why affliction has been permitted to smite me.
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I do not understand the devious paths by which the Lord is leading me. I do not understand why plans and purposes that seemed good to my eyes should be baffled.
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I do not understand why blessings I so much need are so long delayed. He shed his own blood for my soul. His broken body and poured-out blood paid the debt for my crimes. In the sacrifice of Jesus, my sin — not in part, but the whole — is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more. Now, the last note in every loss is joy, because nothing — no news, no one, no event, no loss — can take Christ and his love from me.
We can have peace, and faith, and even joy when we lose everything, because we never lose everything. God has given us a merciful gift in music authored in the midst of great tragedy. A song often has the power to express and comfort pain when words alone feel empty. Have you known that kind of peace in the midst of chaos in your life?
Is there something big and strong and comforting at the bottom of your responses to discouragement, disappointment, and loss? In Christ, it can be well for you whatever the circumstance. He died for you. He sympathizes with your pain.
It Is Well
He stays with you. And he promises to deliver you to himself, where he will forever guard you perfectly from sin, death, suffering, and grief. The Worship Initiative is an online platform devoted to training musicians for songwriting and worship leading. Other meditations from Desiring God include:.
Streams in the Desert - September 20
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. At the three-minute mark of the video below, John Piper tells the moving story behind the hymn. The man was Horatio Spafford, and as he crossed the sea to meet his grieving wife, he penned the words, When peace, like a river, attendeth my way When sorrows like sea billows roll Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say It is well, it is well with my soul.