2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
-Have you ever heard the song “It Is Well With My Soul”? The opening lines say, “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.” Horatio Spafford penned these lyrics shortly after his four daughters perished in a shipwreck while crossing the Atlantic. As he traveled the same path across the Atlantic to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write as his boat passed the area where his daughters had drowned. To sing joyfully about sorrows rolling like waves of the sea as you float across the spot where your children just recently drowned seems unnatural and impossible. Indeed it would be impossible with men, “but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) Only the Lord could provide such a peace in the midst of such a circumstance; thankfully the Lord is ready to provide that very peace to each and every one of us. Salvation by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ does more than just cleanse sin, (although that’s plenty) it also provides soothing for every aspect of life.