The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
- Exodus 14:14
Are you well in your soul today?
The old hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul", challenges us to be well in our souls regardless of our circumstances, saying:
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.
Whatever my lot.
W H A T E V E R.
It is well.
Can I truly say that? When I have peace like a river, "it is well", sure. But, what about when sorrows blow in like sea billows? It's just the next line in this old hymn. Sort of hits you in the face doesn't it? Like a blast of harsh sea wind. And, then what? Is it well? How can it be?
Where does peace like this come from? For me, it comes from being still and letting God be God of the storm. In fact, I am doing it right now, every day. In a stormy season of life, with so much in the balance and so little firmed up, I am taking each day and being still before the Lord. I am letting him fight for me, because I know that he has never lost a battle.
So I sing with full honesty this day, "It is well, it is well with MY soul!" It isn't well because of my circumstances. It isn't well because I have it all together. No, my "soul-wellness" comes because I am believing God. I don't just believe in God. Rather, I believe God. I believe all of his promises for me. I believe that he is working out his good plan for my life. And, even the hardship and the struggle is working in me a deeper faith and reliance on him. Because I believe that God is working it all out and fighting for me, I can have peace and I can be still.
Are you relying on your circumstances to give you peace?
How does knowing that God has a plan and is fighting for you give you peace in your soul?