>How many times a day to you ask someone, “How are you doing?” I imagine we ask everyone we encounter that question. We often reply, “Good. Thanks. How are you?” This general greeting pattern is almost as automatic to us as breathing. It doesn’t mean it is insincere. It is a greeting and an invitation to a conversation.
There are many times that good really isn’t good. Good can better than good; good can be not so good. Sometimes good is good. Regardless, we often respond, “Good.” We may give a few details about our life, but are often not honest about what’s really going on within us.
As Christians, we might instead ask, “How is it with your soul?” A response to this question has nothing to do with how your day is going. A response to this question has nothing to do with the traffic on your morning commute or burning dinner. A response to this question has nothing to do with getting enough rest or having a good hair day. A response to this question has to do with your soul’s state of being, being before God.
In all of life’s situations, our soul effects our response to life. We know that God is the One who raises us to soar like an eagle. We trust that God is the One who makes us lie down in green pastures. We can confess the guilt of our sin and accept the consequences and God’s grace. We are comforted by God in our mourning. We rest in God’s presence. We know God is working in our lives.
If we remain in prayer and present ourselves humbly before God, our soul may be well-balanced. If our burning both ends of the candle results in neglecting our devotion to God, our soul may be anxious. If we’ve overcome a challenge strengthened by God, our soul might be free.
If you were to ask me, “How is it with your soul?” I would say, “It is well with my soul.” I’m good. I’m not soaring on eagle’s wings. I’m not walking through the valley in the shadow of death. I’m good. Good is good. How is it with your soul?
May your soul thrive,