He was a successful lawyer and real estate investor in Chicago when the Great Chicago Fire happened in 1871. Horatio Spafford would lose his fortune and a few months later, his four daughters would drown in a tragic ship collision while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. When his wife Anna reached England, she sent her husband a telegram that read: “Saved alone. What shall I do?”
Have you ever asked God in the midst of trying circumstances, ‘where are you?’ Maybe it felt like God wasn’t hearing your cries for help with your situation not changing. Lazarus’ sister, Mary, felt similar emotions when Jesus showed up late to her brother’s funeral and she responded to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Never make the mistake of thinking that because God doesn’t seem to be involved, that He doesn’t care about you or your situation. God is always involved behind the scenes and His presence is readily available. There is something powerful knowing we have a God who goes through everything with us. He is in our valleys with us! Though His timing may not always be in sync with our timing, we can take comfort that He knows our past, present, and future.
After receiving the telegram, Horatio set sail for England to comfort his wife. During the voyage, the captain, aware of Horatio’s immense loss, pointed out the location where the collision occurred. A devout Christian, Horatio was comforted by the hope he had in Jesus and rushed to his room to pen the words to one of the best loved poems, turned hymn, “It is Well With My Soul.” In fact, it was sung as a new hymn at Dwight L. Moody’s crusades.
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Mark Jobe serves as president of Moody Bible Institute and host of Moody Radio's Bold Steps. He is the author of Unstuck: Out of Your Cave into Your Call (Moody Publishers). He is also the founding pastor of New Life Community Church, a Chicago-based ministry with 27 locations throughout Chicago. Mark earned a diploma from Moody in 1984, a master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in transformational leadership from Bakke Graduate University. He and his wife, Dee, have three adult children.
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