Last week we ended the sermon with “It is Well." The author had to put into music and lyrics, exactly what he was feeling in his heart.
Maybe he wrote that, not feeling that way at the time, but believing that as he sang it, God would minister to him and allow those words to become truth to him.
Let's look at the first verse . . .
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.
It seems that God had to get him to this point.-He didn’t say it right off the bat, but that through time spent with God and prayer, he was finally able to say, It Is Well.
And this lesson isn’t about me making you worship. It’s not me telling you “what you need to do now is thank God for your pain and worship him. Tell him that you appreciate the pain and that you know he has a plan and your suffering is what is best for you.”
That’s not what I am saying. I’m saying that God is the only one to help you in your tragedy and pain.
And if you really want help, spending time with God is the only way to get it.