“It is well with my soul”?

Being in a state of ‘wellness’ is something we all naturally desire. When we hear someone is seriously ill, we may hope that the same thing doesn’t happen to us. Why?

To be ‘unwell’ – whether mentally or physically – makes us feel vulnerable, weak. It makes us feel off-balance, unsteady. There is something innate in the human soul that knows we need to feel well. But life has a way of bringing the unexpected from time to time… Maybe that new job – the higher-paid position – turned out to be more stressful than imagined. Maybe it’s an abusive relationship. Maybe it’s a physical ailment that has progressed.

Coping mechanisms… alcohol, binge-watching Netflix for escapism, a new meditation class, yoga, sleeping tablets. The list could go on.

The sacred writings known as the Holy Bible contain the expressions of those who went through difficulties that affected their sense of wellness. One man in particular, a Jewish king named David who wrote many psalms (poetic writings or sacred songs), said the following:-

I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.

Psalm 40:1-3

We can find only temporary relief in the things that we try. Yet if we would turn to the Author of Life, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, like David did, we will find peace and meaning.

Who is the Author of Life? His name is Jesus (‘Yeshua’ in Hebrew) – the promised Messiah sent from heaven’s throne. He understands our difficulties, He is compassionate. God has revealed Himself in the sacred Scriptures as a relational Being – a ‘tri-unity’ of Father, Son, and Spirit – one Holy Creator revealed in three distinct yet inter-dependent Persons within the One. It is the Son, the foretold coming Messiah, who left the glories of heaven, taking on flesh and blood, entering our human experience, to be our compassionate Sacrificial Lamb.

The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Gospel of John 1:29

There’s more… the reason we can find hope for lasting inner wellness, is because this compassionate God who is Messiah, after being that perfect unblemished sacrificial Lamb of God, He rose from the grave, conquering sin and death for us to receive eternal life!