” When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say: It is well, it is well with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blessed assurance control: The Lord has regarded my helpless estate and has shed His own blood for my soul. My sin — oh the bliss of this glorious thought: My sin – not in part, but in whole – has been nailed to the cross and I bear it no more! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh my soul! And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll. The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend — even so, it is well with my soul.”
Hello dear Sister in Christ,
Yesterday I attended a funeral of a woman who died of Covid. Yes, she was older. But still. This year has been full of trials. Full of sadness. Globally, nationally, indivudiually.
It’s been three months since I’ve written here. My journal is full of my own thoughts, struggles, and trials. There have been good days. There have been hard days.
Yesterday as we sang, “Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come – let this blessed assurance control: The Lord has regarded my helpless estate and has shed His own blood for my soul,” I was struck afresh with this truth. Life on earth is a gift, and each day holds so much goodness. God offers numerous pleasures and blessings. We have sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smells that are wonderful! The earth is full of God’s beauty. Yet Satan fights us. The final “fight” is death. Praise God that for the believer “absent from the body is present with the Lord!” But in our life on earth, we will face trials.
I looked up the word buffet. It means: “to strike against or push repeatedly,” or “a violent shock or concussion.”
Has not this last year sort of felt like one blow and then another? Haven’t most of us struggled in many ways lately?
Yet, there is a blessed assurance. A truth. A reality.
It is this: The Lord has regarded our helpless estate and has shed His own blood for our souls.
Praise Jesus for shedding His blood for us! Yes, there are repeated blows and shocks from Satan. Praise Jesus, He has already defeated Satan! Satan may “crush His heal.” But one day Jesus will “crush Satan’s head.”
I’m learning alot about me, and faith. I’m learning of God. It’s been a dry season spiritually. It’s been a dry season socially. It’s been a dry season relationally. But I was reminded of one of the names of God: Yahewh (Jehovah) Nissi — God is our banner.
This name, God is our banner, comes from Exodus 17:15. In Dr. Youseff’s October 2021 devotional, My Journal, he writes, “When we praise Yahweh Nissi, we are waving His flag. We are proclaiming to Satan, the enemy of our souls, ‘I am under Yahweh’s magnificent oversight. I am under Yahweh’s protection. You cannot destroy me, and you cannot thwart God’s purposes in my life.'”
Ahh! It truely is well with my soul! I am under God’s protection, under God’s wisdom, under God’s victory. How? Because of the blood of Jesus! I claim Jesus’s blood because I’ve asked Him to be my Savior and Lord. I claim Jesus’s victory — because He purchased me with His blood.
Yes, Satan does buffet, and this year has been challenging on many levels. For you too, I know, I’ve heard your stories. Satan pushes, shocks, and repeatedly strikes.
But precious Sister, for those of us bought with Jesus’s blood, we are under God’s banner. Praise Yahweh Nissi! Praise Jesus our Savior! Praise God, for despite Satan’s efforts, it is well with my soul! Oh Sister, if it is not well with your soul, in this moment, may you run to God and find Him to be your peace and your protection. Jesus bought you, God is over you, and victory is yours. It might take many battles, but stay in God’s presence until you too can say: It is well with my soul!
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