Today’s Scripture: When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2

Providence has at all times been my only dependence, for all other resources seem to have failed us. – George Washington

Whether I’m suffering through a trial or encouraging another believer, I like to hum or sing the words to the special hymn, “God Leads Us Along.” This song was born out of the struggles of an obscure 19th century preacher named George A. Young. Young spent most of his life serving God in small towns. As is typical with rural pastors, his financial situation was often bleak, and his family lived on a substandard income. Somehow, God brought them through each tough time. After a while, the family was able to scrape enough money together to buy their own small home, which George built himself. Then, disaster struck. When George was away preaching, some townspeople who disapproved of his preaching set fire to the little house, burning it to the ground. It was out of that circumstance that George Young wrote the words to the song which has encouraged us for over a hundred years:

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.

Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

Perhaps you’re suffering through a trial; let the words of this precious song encourage your heart. Though we don’t always understand the ways of God, we have assurance that He is leading us along.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.