DAY ONE: It Is Well
Are you in a dark place today? Are you praying for God’s peace to fill your heart and mind?
You may be thinking, “Yeah, but you don’t know the trials I am facing right now.” And you would be right, I don’t. But God does. And His promise of peace in the midst of your circumstance is exactly what He can and will give to you.
In 1873 a successful businessman lost all his material possessions in the great Chicago fire. This did not trouble him too much, for he had set his affection on “things above.” However, just a few weeks later, when his wife and children were on board the Ville du Havre en route to France, their ship was rammed by an English vessel and sank within two hours, claiming the lives of 226 people. Although his wife survived, all four of their children perished in the icy waters.
The man was given the tragic news and later shown the spot in the mid-Atlantic where the shipwreck occurred. Although heartsick with grief, Mr. Spafford suddenly felt an inrush of supernatural peace and comfort as he looked to the Lord for strength. With tears streaming down his face, he picked up a pen to record his feelings, and from his well-blest heart flowed these thrilling words:
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.”