During his lifetime, hymn writer George A. Young lived and worked in relative obscurity. A carpenter by trade, Young preached the Gospel during the later 19th century. His minimal income barely supported his beloved wife and family, but through all of life’s highs and lows, Young continued faithfully serving the Lord.
Through years of personal sacrifice and with a great deal of effort, the Young family moved into a small house they had built themselves. The family cherished their new home and celebrated God’s faithfulness in their lives. Shortly after they moved in, tragedy struck. One night while George Young was holding tent meetings in a neighboring community, vandals hostile to the preaching of the gospel burned the new Young family home to the ground. They lost everything except their faith.
Out of that tragic turn events, Young wrote the hymn “God Leads Us Along,” a testament to Young’s unwavering faith in the God who had created him and ordained him to preach the Good News of salvation through Jesus.
Each day, you and I make a choice to follow God or to run the other way. There may be many reasons we don’t heed the Lord’s call on our life. The Old Testament prophet Jonah had his list of “No, I don’t think so’s.” On the other hand, Job and Abraham stood firm in their belief that God is a trustworthy shepherd. They did so in a myriad of situations and circumstances.
Scripture is filled with examples of those who trusted in the Lord to guide their lives. Who are you trusting to lead you?
Here are several verses to help remind you that the Lord is trustworthy. May they strengthen your faith.
Genesis 15:1-6 (ESV)
1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great. 2 But Abram said, O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir. 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir. 5 And he brought him outside and said, Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them. Then he said to him, So shall your offspring be. 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Romans 5:6-11 (ESV)
6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved through him from God’s wrath. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life? 11 Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV)
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Hebrews 10:19-25 (ESV)
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
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