Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888) was a successful lawyer in Chicago who maintained a keen interest in Christian activities, deeply spiritual and devoted to the scriptures. He experienced the death of his son. A fire in Chicago around 1871 devastated the city; invested hugely in real estate, the disaster wiped him out. Two years after the fire, Horatio Spafford planned a trip to Europe by boat for him and his family, his wife and four daughters. He was unable to go, struck by another vessel the ship sank, his daughters all drowned but his wife was saved. Knowing God as his personal Lord and Savior, he held on and wrote the hymn, “It is well with my soul”. His words, “Whatever my lot thou has taught me to say it is well, it is well with my soul”. What is it that empowers man who has been through so much to have such a faith? Is it made-up phony mysticism with little substance? I think not! Do not make the eternal mistake of dismissing Christianity as a foolish collection of mis-guided writings. Rev. Alistair Begg said on April 29, 2010 of our response to the Truth of our Savior God, Jesus the Christ, that “this is the great issue of life”!
Slave trader, John Newton, a seasoned sailor, thought he was in control when one day a large storm at sea forced him to see God. He stopped his focus on himself, saw God as a loving and forgiving God, and wrote “Amazing Grace” in 1779. His words: “Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.” Later he became a minister and dedicated his life to the Gospel of Christ. Oh how we think we are in control. I pray you gain the eyes to see as John Newton did. We do need to be open to God, give in to His control, and not our own. We are lost. We have no control. I remember the day when the world hiccupped and 5,500 people died in Kobe, Japan (the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake), or terrorists brought down Americas’ tallest structures, the two 110 story New York World Trade Center buildings, and killed 3,000 innocent people in 2001.
As I reflect more about our world, our culture, I see a complete breakdown in structure. Our great country was established with 3 equal branches of government; there were checks and balances. We now have a president who openly says he is going to go around congress. He unilaterally changes written law and a blind congress cheers him on! We have half the country wanting government to do everything for them; what will we have in another 5 years? Friends this is an extreme chaotic situation. All structure has become burry and fuzzy! Where is truth anymore in the dark abyss of relativism?
Published today, a great thinker of our day, Thomas Sowell wrote in his last paragraph on “Random Thoughts”:
“Once, when I was teaching at an institution that bent over backward for foreign students, I was asked in class one day: “What is your policy toward foreign students?” My reply was: “To me, all students are the same. I treat them all the same and hold them all to the same standards.” The next semester there was an organized boycott of my classes by foreign students. When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.”
With words better than mine, Dr. Sowell has painted a perfect picture of chaos. Everyone wants preferential treatment; how can that possibly have a chance of succeeding? Where is common sense? Where is balance? Where is forgiveness and grace? In a world such as what we are currently building at breakneck speed, we can only end up in destruction. SO…this begs the question…what can we do about it? It is obvious to me; we have to put back what we took out. And, what did we take out? The main structure of the universe, the Creator of you and me, the God who loves you so much He sent His only Son to come, show you how to live, and to give you a new start by taking your sins away. You have been redeemed, but salvation requires your action, you have to turn toward Him, have faith and believe in Jesus. Friends, we must put God back in our lives! Give Jesus Christ the preeminence in your life and you will see the dark chaos removed from your life. It will be such Good News that you will want to tell somebody else, and then somebody else, and then somebody else…and so it goes! It is our only salvation from chaos!