Summary: The story of Horacio Spafford from his daughter’s book tells the true story of his life. The sermon helps us deal with the struggles we face in life.
as an elder and working with the YMCA.
A visitor to his office 2 years after the shipwreck
asked about the telegram in a frame above Spafford’s desk
carrying only the words, "Saved alone."
Spafford told the man the full story
and again affirmed, "It is well. God’s will be done."
The Spafford had 2 more daughters and 1 son
born after the tragedy.
But sorrow and tragedy would strike them again.
In 1880, their 4-year-old son, Horatio,
came down with scarlet fever.
In spite of the efforts by the best physicians in Chicago,
Spafford’s son died.
Some members of the Presbyterian congregation
to which the Spaffords belonged
believed that some sin in their lives
had caused all these tragedies.
They kept telling the Spaffords to repent!
But Spafford said: “It Is Well With My Soul”
THERE IS A DIVINE PEACE:
Verses 2, 10:
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
· "Relax" or "Be still."
Stop fighting it so hard!
Quit struggling against it..
· How can we do that?
"know that I am God."
· Remember that God is God,
that God reigns,
that God is still on his Throne.
· Then we can say
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed,
and though the mountains be carried into the midst
of the sea;
· This means believing that God is all powerful,
all knowing, and all present.
· This means bringing our stresses and fears to Him
and seeking His help.
· This means trusting God with all our problems.
· This means resting in Him as our refuge.
· Jesus knew our tendency to fear and be restless;
· He spoke these powerful words:
"Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me."
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as
the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The opposition grew
until finally the Spaffords were asked to leave their church.
And with unwavering faith and trust in God,
Long interested in biblical archaeology,
Spafford decided to leave the United States.
In 1881, at the age of 53, he and his wife and 2 daughters
moved to Jerusalem.
There they founded an American colony
where they spent the rest of their lives.
The words "it is well with my soul" are not found in scripture,
But Jesus did say,
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened…
and you will find rest for your souls"
Our compassionate heavenly Father
gives us comfort, hope and peace
in his Son Jesus Christ.
One day God will wipe away every tear
and there will be no more death or mourning
or crying or pain.
Horatio Spafford died in the faith of malaria in 1888.
His daughter, Bertha Spafford Vester,
led the group to establish the American Colony Hotel,
which has provided a welcome oasis
for travelers to Jerusalem for more than a century.
What a fitting tribute to the one
who gave us these words to sing:
It is Well with My Soul
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,