17 February 2018

What is that causes the Christian to rejoice?

What is it that causes the Christian to rejoice?One can only imagine the anguish when Horatio Spafford received the telegram from his wife, Saved Alone. Those two simple words told him his four beautiful daughters had drowned at sea. Out of that human tragedy, from his pen came the words of that well loved hymn,

“Whatever my lot thou hast taught me to say, It is well; it is well with my soul.”

He had borrowed those words from the Shunammite woman many centuries before. She had just watched her only son die in her arms and now Elisha; unaware of what has happened asks her, “Is it well with thee?” (2Kings 4:26). Her reply, “It is well,” reveals why the Bible calls her ‘a great woman.’ She knew the God whom she served, she knew the principle of those words Paul would pen many centuries later, “All things work together for good…” (Rom 8:28), and she knew God could be trusted.

In our journey towards our final home circumstances will change, wealth, beauty, success will all pass, people will come and they will go but one thing will remain constant, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and for ever.” (Heb 13:8)

It is not circumstance that makes the Christian rejoice but the God of the circumstance. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace….” is a wonderful promise but we often forget the rest of the verse, the source of our peace, “…whose mind is stayed on THEE because he trusteth in THEE.” (Is 26:3).

It is HIM who makes the heart rejoice…always.

Vi Dawson