Good morning, good afternoon and good evening prayer warriors.
I hope that this message finds each of you doing well. Recent events around the world have many people troubled. Will I be able to feed my family? Will I be able to pay my rent or my mortgage? Will I be able to work? These are all good questions and it is important that we remember that whatever is going on in this world our God is in control and He sees each, and every, one of us.
What is important is that we find that amid all the gloom and doom we see in the news, in the marketplace and, unfortunately, sometimes in our homes that we are called to be in prayer. In 2 Chronicles 7:4 the word says: “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
I have been encouraged by recent advertisements that have been aired on TV by Franklin Graham, Interstate Battery and a new app you can download for your phone called “PRAY”. I’ve been encouraged by the number of churches who, despite the order to practice “social distancing” have become quite inventive. A mega church in Nashville calling members of their congregation to come and worship in their cars in the church parking lot while worship music is played, and pastors preach from a safe distance. Oh, to hear the voice of the people outside the walls of the church! Others have embraced technology like Faith Tabernacle Church in Colville, Washington whose livestream messages are reaching around the world.
This morning as I was praying the Lord reminded me of the story of Horatio Spafford who lost his 4-year-old son in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. He lost his fortune in the economic downturn that followed. Two years later he planned to travel to Europe with his wife and two daughters, but his departure was delayed. During the cruise the ship his family was on sank rapidly after colliding with a sea vessel. His wife survived and sent him a telegram with these words: “Saved Alone”. As he traveled across the ocean to meet his wife, he penned the hymn that has touched many lives as he passed by the area where his daughters met their fate. Now, as many of us are feeling the effect of this deadly virus that is plaguing our world maybe it’s time that we can find comfort in the words that he wrote.
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blessed assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
May God’s peace be upon each and everyone. May His love surround you and your loved ones. May you see the beauty and not the ashes. And if you have never fully committed your life to Christ or felt like maybe you would get by on God’s grace until you fulfilled the desires of your life before making that decision. I encourage you; no, I implore you, to do so now so that you can say these words “It is Well with My Soul”.
God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Godsey