Updated: May 9, 2020

Hebrews 12:11 reminds us that "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." The words of this song challenge me not to shy away from the deep, often painful heart change, healing, and redemption that Jesus works in us in seasons that feel dark and uncertain. "You are working in our waiting; sanctifying us, when beyond our understanding you are teaching us to trust." In what ways can you see God turning evil into good for his glory? - Ashley

Updated: May 9, 2020

The old hymn "It is Well" has been very precious to me for many years. There's some controversy about the wider life and ministry of its author, but the extraordinary story of this song's origins has always moved me deeply. When we were walking the long, painful road of infertility, it reminded me that God's goodness is not dependent on our circumstances. Is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about loss, grief, and pain? - Ashley

Updated: May 9, 2020

At the start of the year, Simeon shared this song in a Sunday gathering; he had a prophetic sense that Jesus had something to say to us through it.

1 Corinthians 14:29 encourages us to "weigh carefully" anything prophetic which is shared in our corporate gatherings, and 1 Thessalonians 5: 19-22 tells us: "Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold onto what is good, reject every kind of evil." As church, we serve each other well by being obedient to these things - prayerfully 'weighing up' prophecies and sharing with each other what we hear God saying. What is Jesus saying to you through this song? Is there anything you could share with others to encourage and build up the church? - Ashley

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