Choose Peace…

\"\"This past weekend, I was doing a 5 mile walk when I heard the Holy Spirit say, \”Peace is a choice.\”

This means that the peace of God is unconditional.

Paul was thrown in prison for preaching the gospel. From his prison cell, Paul wrote a letter to his congregation in Philippi, teaching them the power of divine peace in difficult times. In Philippians 4:7, Paul asserted: \”And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.\”

What overwhelming promise that divine peace will guard our hearts and minds!

In the 19th century, young lawyer Horatio G. Spafford and his wife had five children. Their youngest child and only son got sick and died at four years old.

November 21, 1873, Mrs. Spafford and their four daughters went from Chicago to Europe on a family trip. Horatio was to join them a few days later, after settling a business matter. 

Mr. Spafford and the four girls were among approximately 313 people on a ship that wrecked in the Atlantic Ocean. Of the five Spaffords aboard the ship, only Mrs. Spafford survived. 

When Horatio heard the news, he rushed to his grieving wife\’s side in Europe. According to Mr. and Mr. Spafford\’s daughter who was born after the tragedy (Bertha Spafford Vester), the ship\’s captain, who was carrying Horatio to Europe, pointed out to him the place in the ocean where the four daughters drowned.

As Spafford leaned over the side of the ship with grief pouring from his heart, his mind was filled with the words of this song:

When peace like a river attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll,

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

The Spafford story is deeply moving in so many ways. A series of catastrophes descended upon this family and disrupted what was once a thriving, highly respected Christian life. Similarly to the biblical story about Job, all that the Spaffords had was gone! Yet,they discovered a deep peace in their souls, this Christ-centered peace that surpasses understanding. 
What a peace!
Spafford\’s hymn continues to bless millions of people today. More importantly, may we choose the peace of Christ that Spafford chose. 
May it be well with our souls!
Dr. Antipas L. Harris
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