Sometimes somebody else can just say things way better than I can.
Consider these words:
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul (lyrics found here)
Friends and loved ones, I have seen satan buffet. I have seen trials. Without going into too much detail, I must tell you that the last few weeks I have witnessed a dear friend go through one of the hardest trials a person can go through in life. My heart has nearly broken to see how ugly sin can raise its head and satan can try his hardest to destroy.
I cannot even begin to tell you how the Lord works in such horrific situations. How only He can give comfort. I have seen the importance of having a relationship with God. How desperately we need Jesus. In Psalms the Bible says,
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2
The only thing I can say it this: WOW. We serve an awesome God. A God who is our refuge and strength. In these last weeks I’ve seen a faith and a strength that only God can impart. I know God is a present help in trouble. That God loves us so passionately, and that He does not allow us to go through times of trial for nothing. During my quiet time this past week I read this:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
Y’all I have seen faith grow in the last few weeks. Like, exponentially, in ways I have never witnessed before. It has been so hard to watch as a loved one goes through trial, but an inspiration to see how God has been so faithful throughout it all. We can allow faith to grow because we know that God is in control and that He loves us so much.
The hymn ends this way,
O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend;
even so, it is well with my soul
My heart swells reading these words. Someday our faith will become sight. We will see what we have believed and hoped for. The Lord is coming back in glory and in triumph. Trials will be swept away, and the faith that has matured in us will come to be seen. It is so well with my soul.
*To read the story of this old hymn (and trust me, you want to read it) check out sharefaith.com and make sure you grab a tissue first.