Why? Why can I relax and know He has it under control? Why can I have faith in the storm and faith in the calm? Why can I stand and lift my hands with tears streaming down my face because of His overwhelming mercy and grace and sing this beautiful song? How can I have faith in something I can’t touch, can’t see, can’t explain? How can I spend my time and energy, my money, my life on something I can’t prove? If God is so good why did Mark lose his job last year? Why did my dad die? Why am I driving an old car and hoping nothing major goes wrong? Why don’t I have better control of myself? Why do I sin? Why am I not perfect? Why do I get ill? Why do I keep loving and serving a God who lets these things happen?
The lyrics above come from a much older song, one written in the 1870s. The man had had several catastrophes and just lost all four of his daughters when a ship sank at sea. As he travelled past the spot he was inspired to write these words. It can not be explained. Faith, trust, hope in God when life goes wrong is irrational to the human mind but to a soul that knows Him, has met Him, has experienced His love nothing else makes any sense.
Not that it is always easy, not that I always stand as I should. But I know because God has proved to me time after time that He does have it under control, that I can trust Him to work things out for the best. Not always my understanding of what is best but His best which is always better than anything I can imagine.
I could list more, so many more. Verses I have found to be true when storms hit and when life is good. They are always true just as He is always true. Life is good for me right now but I know that life changes. What doesn’t change is Him. What can also be unchanging is my trust and faith in Him to still the storm or give me firm ground on which to stand as it rages. Either way He is good and worthy of my trust and faith and I can say with absolute truth:
It is well with my soul.