It Is Well
when he knew and trusted that the Lord would come for him because he had “put to death” all the things in his life that were earthly.
Horatio Spafford displayed his understanding of the scriptures in Colossians 3 when he wrote “It is Well With My Soul”. He was a lawyer who thought he had a bright future ahead of him when the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 not only took the life of his two year old son but also ruined him financially. He had invested heavily in property that was all destroyed by the fire. Then just two years later, after being detained in Chicago, he sent his wife and two daughters on ahead of him to Europe. While traveling, the ship sank and his two daughters died. His wife sent him a telegram that said “Saved…Alone”. After joining his grieving wife, he was inspired to write the words to the song.
“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”. Horatio understood that earthly things had no importance when he had lost almost everything. He displayed peace when it would be very difficult to experience it. He understood his sin had been “nailed to the cross” and he would “bear it no more”, Jesus had taken that for him and he could hold on to the thought that he would be able to see his loved ones again.
He lived out the scripture of being able to “set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (vs2) and understood that he would “also appear with Christ in glory” (vs 4). He wanted God to “haste the day when my faith shall be sight”, when he knew and trusted that the Lord would come for him because he had “put to death” (vs 5) all the things in his life that were earthly.
“It is Well With My Soul”, when we let “Christ rule in our hearts” (vs 15) and live our lives according to His word.