Posted by Randall Smith

Horatio Spafford, a wealthy lawyer in Chicago, in the mid to late 1800’s was the man who wrote “It Is Well with My Soul.” Spafford was a man who truly could relate to Job in the Bible. At the pinnacle of his business success, he had a beautiful home, wife, and four daughters. However, tragedy struck when he lost nearly every one of his real estate investments in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Sometime soon afterward, he planned a trip to Europe with his wife and daughters. He wanted to join with his friends D.L. Moody and Ira Sankey in Europe for one of their crusades. He sent his family on ahead of him, so he could take care of some business, before departing on the next boat. But tragedy struck again, as the boat his wife and daughters were on collided with an iron ship. Spafford’s four daughters drowned, and his wife was rescued clinging to a plank of wood. She was taken on to Europe, where she telegraphed her husband, saying “..saved alone..” He took the next boat to Europe, to join with; and grieve with his wife; and while on that journey, wrote “It Is Well with My Soul.” But, how could he say it was well? It is because, he had the peace of God that “..passeth all understanding..” (Philippians 4:7b). Yet, what is the soul? We are all made in three parts. The trinity of man is body, spirit, and soul. The body gets tired, needs sleep, has to eat, hurts, grows old, and dies. The spirit is our heart (emotions), and mind (thoughts). Then, there’s the soul. Genesis 2:7 says, And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”  The soul in us in immortal, and it’s the place where God dwells, for those of us who are saved.  And, as Christians, there are three reasons why we can sing “It Is Well with Our Soul.”  First of all; because it is saved.  To be saved means we are saved from harm or danger; and the harm and danger we are saved from in hell.  To be saved means we are being held back for a future use; and that is to worship and serve God in Heaven.  Secondly, we can sing “It is well,” because it is sanctified.  A soul sanctified is a soul declared holy by God; and purified by Him, from sin.  Then, finally, we can sing “It is well,” because our soul is secure.  When God secures our soul, it becomes indestructible.  In other words, our soul is in the ark, which is Jesus; just like Noah and his family, were in their ark.  The flood waters could not harm or kill Noah and his family; nor can any thing in life touch, hurt, or kill our soul.  And when God secures our soul, it is safely kept forever. Jesus said in John 10:28, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”  So, no matter what may befall us in life, we can always sing, “It is well, it is well, with my soul!”

Pastor Randall Smith