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Confidence Before God

June 4, 2017 Speaker: Pastor David Lovi Series: 1 John: The Believer's Assurance

Passage: 1 John 3:21–3:24

Confidence Before God

Confidence Before God

June 4, 2017
Pastor David Lovi
1 John 3:21–3:24

There’s a well-known story about how the hymn It is Well with My Soul was written. It’s writer, Horatio Spafford was a successful businessman in the nineteenth century who tragically lost four of his daughters in a maritime disaster on the Atlantic Ocean. After his tremendous loss, he sailed to England to comfort his grieving wife. As his boat passed over the spot where his children died, he penned these words:

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll:
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well, it is well,
With my soul, with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.


My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O 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.

The reason that Spafford was able to write this hymn was because he had confidence before God that God was a good God, a sovereign God.

Spafford, this man who lost his family, looked forward to the time when Christ would return and set all things right even though at the moment everything seemed wrong. He had confidence that God, who is the epitome of goodness and righteousness and holiness, may allow evil for His divine purpose and His ultimate glory and even for our ultimate good.

And what a comfort it is to know God not only loves and cares for us but that He works all things for the good of those who love him.

What a comfort that Jesus can sympathize with our sadness. And He sympathizes with our sufferings and our loss because He also suffered and He also lost. Even lost His life for us.

And far from being a detractor to the Christian faith, the doctrine of God’s sovereignty over  everything is a most soothing and wonderful doctrine.

The forces of evil shall not win the in the end. Christ is the victor and therefore not even death is able to thwart His purposes. The God who controls all is also the God who hears our prayers.

The only way that a man could write the words, “it is well with my soul”  as he is in a boat floating over the watery grave of  his four daughters, is if he has confidence in and before God.  That’s the only way.

My prayer is that God would give us that same confidence today.



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