It Is Well….

Are you in the midst of a struggle? Maybe you feel as if you are losing a battle that will never end. Have you ever felt hurt and confused with God? You’re not alone.

Like me, do you find yourself asking YHVH the tough questions?

“Why have You not acted on my behalf?”

“Did I do something wrong?”

“When is this battle going to end?”

“Do You even hear me?”

“Are You even there?”

Sometimes, when I have given everything that I have and am completely emptied out, I ask, “Why?” Just why.

I ask it to no one in particular and I’m not even sure what I’m asking about anymore, but nonetheless, I ask. I hope one day I will have answers to the millions of questions that flood my mind.

Probably not….but I still hope.

I was listening to this song by Bethel today. The lyrics are familiar words: “It is well with my soul.” I thought to myself as I sung the words, “but things aren’t well with my soul. And I’m not happy with the way things are. I don’t like the situation I’m in and I certainly don’t want it to be like this forever.”

But then I heard the gentle whisper of the Spirit telling me, “Choose for it to be well with you even when things are not well.” 

It was a concept I hadn’t considered before. I could choose that YHVH’s way, no matter how difficult or challenging it may be, is well with me…even if my current circumstances aren’t perfect. I could choose to say His way is the best way for me…even if it is the harder, more difficult path. Because the end result of whatever YHVH is working in my life will be so worth it. That’s the prize I seek. That’s the hope I cling to. That’s the promise I wait for.

Choose for it to be well, even when things aren’t well. 

Consider the lyrics from Bethel’s song “It Is Well”:

Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see

And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name 

It is well with my soul

When we choose to say it is well even when things aren’t well, we are reaffirming our trust and belief in YHVH El Elyon…YHVH the Most High God. We are returning Him to His rightful place as Ruler of Our Life and Director of Our Steps. We are confirming His power, wisdom, and ability to save and defend us. We are choosing to focus on Him and Him alone, rather than focusing on our situation.

YHVH is our refuge and strength, a help in distress, soon found.
Therefore we do not fear, though the earth reels and mountains topple into the heart of the seas.
Let its waters rage, foam; Let mountains shake with its swelling. Selah.
A river whose streams make glad the city of YHVH, the set-apart dwelling of the Most High.
Elohim is in her midst, she does not topple; Elohim does help her when morning turns.
The nations shall rage, kingdoms shall topple; He shall give forth His voice, the earth melts.
YHVH of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Come, see the works of YHVH, the ruins He has wrought on the earth,
Causing all fighting to cease, unto the end of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the chariot with fire.
Be still, and know that I am YHVH; I am exalted among nations, I am exalted in the earth!
YHVH of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
– Psalm 46

 Thus says the Master YHVH, the set-apart One of Israel, “In returning and rest you are saved; in stillness and trust is your strength.” – Isaiah 30:15

So today, in the midst of trials, doubts, and questions, let us choose to say, “it is well….”


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