July 23 – It Is Well with My Soul

Isn’t it wonderful to know that we can trust in God no matter what is happening in our lives? Whether we are in a time peace or sorrow, we can rest in God’s presence and protection.

This Sunday, we take time to focus on the book of Jonah. I am especially excited because I get to step out of my organist role a bit and become… well, I am not going to ruin the surprise. I will just say that you do not want to miss this Sunday.

The story of Jonah shows us a man who never quite seemed to be able to truly learn the lesson that God desires to be a parent, sovereign, shepherd, friend to everyone. Jonah represents those who are selfish with God. He represents those who think that others don’t deserve God’s grace because of their problems and issues.

But several times, the story shows us God’s love, forgiveness, and grace. The pagan sailors turn to God in during a life-threatening storm, and God saves them. The Ninevites turn from their wickedness and God spares the city. Both groups of people praise God for the mercy they are shown. They celebrate when they learn the truth about the almighty one who could wipe them off the face of the earth, yet shows tender compassion and spares each of them.

Instead of being like Jonah, may we learn to recognize God in our times of triumph and in our times of disappointment. May we long to share the message of hope with the world that it is God who, in all things, makes it well with our souls.

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 is well with my soul.
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control:
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed his own blood for my soul.

Lord, hasten the day when our faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend;
Even so it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul.
It is well, it is well with my soul.

  • Shelton