It has often been said and shown that music often sets a tone in our lives, just as being involved in activities of common nature between people. That is being said because we are to have a personal, one-on-one relationship with our Saviour – that makes His desires our desires, that common nature to do what He would do. The influences in our lives are far deeper than what can be detected on the outside, the permeation into the very fabric of who we are and who we want to be.
This Series began with a few simple words: “Is it well with thee?” The phrase comes from II Kings 4:26 | KJV
Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well.
II Kings 4:26 | King James Version
Immediately the HYMN It Is Well With My Soul came flowing out of my mouth – the chorus/refrain just RANG OUT from me:
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
The reason that it did so is because the Word of God, His VERY Breath, was already hidden in my heart – the eXact verse came to my mind. The music/hymn triggered in me to sing it, but do NOT stop there – it was a starting place, not a replacement – a launching pad for developing this Series. That launch got me to look up one of my favorite singers for that particular song, Wintley Phipps, where he shared a statement that it reminded him to share.
“It is in the Quiet Crucible of Your Personal, Private Sufferings
That Your Noblest Dreams are Born and God’s Greatest Gifts
Are Given in Compensation for What You’ve Been Through.”
— Wintley Phipps
This Series is directly built upon picking apart the words of this statement – looking through God’s Word to find the pieces which would help me, any Christian, understand that through all circumstances, trials and measures, we CAN and SHOULD depend on the Bible as our written Guide. The further the searches took me, the more verses of Scripture became alive to the very ability for us to say, along with the Shunammite woman, It Is Well.
While this could be seen as a negative burden, it should be seen as a triumphant call to the Brethren to hold dear the Scriptures, renew ourselves to listen to the small, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit and seek in His Word those things when recalled cause us to draw closer to our Saviour.
There are fifty-one (51) prints for this Series, which makes it EXTENSIVE, but the basis of the Series is more concise. A HYMN started this Series and a study of passages to both Encourage and Empower us to search God’s Word for Answers and strengthen our Relationship with our Saviour.
To Search & Strengthen
HYMN | It Is Well With My Soul
Definitions | Quiet, Crucible, Personal, Private, Suffering, Noble, Dream, Born, Great, Gift, Given, Give, Compensation & Through
Theme | Is it Well? It is Well. O My Soul.
Answer | O My Soul – Praise the LORD | Psalm 146:1 | KJV
What will be the item that makes you recall a “hidden” verse of Scripture in your heart? It does not have to be a traumatic event to do so – it is my hope and prayer that is not the only time we’d be willing to turn to our Heavenly Father. Today’s world focuses on the most tragic events to have Christians make the turn to the Creator for assistance. It should not take that kind of “event” for us to want to draw nigh to our God and Lord, Relationships require daily work and nurturing to be effective and have the close bond they were engineered to foster. One of the ways my time is shown and my Relationship is allowed to grow is through Series like this one that I’m SO blessed to be able to share. Will you SHARE today what the LORD has done for you? Can you simply brag on your Creator for being SO good to you today? Indeed, It Is Well, It Is Well With My Soul!
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