Bought by the Blood

August 17, 2009

It Is Well With My Soul

You prepare a table before me
the presence of my enemies;
anoint my head with oil;
cup overflows.

-Psalm 23:5
Satan and our flesh are tied in the top spot for enemy number one.  They want us to leave the flock of God’s sheep, deny Him and bow the knee to God.  If we take our focus off of the cross, then that is exactly what will happen.  When our lives are centered on the cross, then our perspective can be the same as the Psalmist.  Satan will come, trial will prove as temptation and our flesh will attempt to lure us away, but God has prepared a table before us in the presence of our enemies, this table has the blood of Christ as the table of cloth to keep us safe.

Horatio Spafford, the author of the hymn, “It is Well,” can attest to this truth.  Spafford penned this hymn not at a time of great prosperity or earthly blessing, but shortly after the trial of losing of real estate investments in the Great Chicago Fire which was followed by his four daughters dieing at sea.  The peace that Spafford had was found in te redemptive work on the cross.  Without the hope of Christ return Spafford would have been knocked over by the billows of sorrow.  His anchor was not in this world, but in the unshakeable rock of Christ which says that the cup is not half full or half empty, but that the cup runs over.

When trials comes, we have two options, they can either break us or strengthen us.  God’s purpose in trials so that we may be annointed as instruments of righteousness and reflect the light of His glory.  When we encounter trials and satan’s attack, we do not have dread or fear, but we can count it all joy knowing that God is using it to promote steadfastness in our lives.  This is not steadfastness for steadfastness sake, but instead so that we may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4).  Moses in the wilderness, David running from Saul, Joseph sold into slavery and sent to prison; all of these people needed trials to wean them from this world and teach them to lean on God.  The Bible is full of people who faced trials so that they can be strengthened to fulfill God’s calling.


1 Comment »

  1. This is a word from God for me today. You have no idea how much I needed it. God bless you.

    Comment by Eirene — August 17, 2009 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

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