WEBVTT 00:00:00.240 --> 00:00:02.260 The Scriptures teach that as Christians 00:00:02.260 --> 00:00:04.200 we've been crucified with Christ; 00:00:04.200 --> 00:00:05.560 and therefore 00:00:05.560 --> 00:00:07.220 our lives are not our own. 00:00:07.220 --> 00:00:10.680 In fact, we live in this life by faith. 00:00:10.680 --> 00:00:13.000 and sometimes that faith is severely tested. 00:00:13.000 --> 00:00:14.653 There's a hymn called 00:00:14.653 --> 00:00:16.700 It Is Well with My Soul 00:00:16.700 --> 00:00:19.660 It was written by a man named Horatio Spafford 00:00:19.660 --> 00:00:21.960 He was a wealthy lawyer from Chicago 00:00:21.960 --> 00:00:26.240 and in 1870 he lost his only son to scarlet fever. 00:00:26.240 --> 00:00:28.840 A year later the Great Chicago Fire broke out 00:00:28.840 --> 00:00:31.880 and wiped out nearly all of his real estate assets. 00:00:31.880 --> 00:00:34.360 Then a couple years later the economy took a dive 00:00:34.360 --> 00:00:37.260 and he was even more affected financially. 00:00:37.260 --> 00:00:39.760 In order to help boost the family spirits 00:00:39.760 --> 00:00:43.140 he sent his wife and four daughters overseas 00:00:43.140 --> 00:00:45.740 to attend a rally by D.L. Moody. 00:00:45.740 --> 00:00:48.760 At the last minute he wasn't able to go because of some 00:00:48.760 --> 00:00:51.120 business concerns and so he sent them 00:00:51.120 --> 00:00:52.900 and said I'll meet up with you shortly. 00:00:52.900 --> 00:00:55.820 Well halfway across the Atlantic Ocean 00:00:55.820 --> 00:00:58.320 their boat was struck by another vessel 00:00:58.320 --> 00:01:01.160 and it sunk to the bottom of the ocean. 00:01:01.160 --> 00:01:04.460 When Horatio Spafford's wife, Anna, 00:01:04.500 --> 00:01:07.860 got to a place where she could telegram him about the incident 00:01:07.860 --> 00:01:10.120 her message only had two words 00:01:10.120 --> 00:01:12.940 "Saved Alone" 00:01:12.940 --> 00:01:17.000 His four daughters drowned in the accident. 00:01:17.000 --> 00:01:18.580 He was obviously devastated 00:01:18.580 --> 00:01:21.040 and as he boarded a ship to 00:01:21.040 --> 00:01:24.640 sail across the ocean to meet up with his grieving wife 00:01:24.640 --> 00:01:27.320 he spent many hours on the bow of that ship 00:01:27.320 --> 00:01:30.840 looking over the edge at the waters that had claimed 00:01:30.840 --> 00:01:33.020 the life of his four precious daughters 00:01:33.020 --> 00:01:35.880 and when he got to about the spot where they perished 00:01:35.880 --> 00:01:37.660 he penned these words 00:01:37.660 --> 00:01:40.900 "When peace like a river attendeth my way, 00:01:40.900 --> 00:01:44.100 when sorrows like sea billows roll, 00:01:44.100 --> 00:01:45.560 whatever my lot, 00:01:45.560 --> 00:01:47.800 Thou has taught me to say, 00:01:47.800 --> 00:01:51.560 it is well, it is well, with my soul." 00:01:51.560 --> 00:01:53.460 That's really the same message 00:01:53.460 --> 00:01:57.040 that Peter gives us in 1 Peter chapter 4:19 00:01:57.040 --> 00:01:59.240 he reminds us that sometimes we're going to suffer 00:01:59.240 --> 00:02:01.480 according to the will of God 00:02:01.480 --> 00:02:02.660 but when we do 00:02:02.660 --> 00:02:06.200 we're supposed to entrust our souls to a faithful Creator. 00:02:06.200 --> 00:02:08.060 If our faith is strong enough to do that 00:02:08.060 --> 00:02:10.940 we'll be able to say like Horratio Spafford did 00:02:10.940 --> 00:02:12.700 "Whatever my lot, 00:02:12.700 --> 00:02:14.520 Thou has taught me to say, 00:02:14.520 --> 00:02:18.480 It is well, it is well, with my soul."