Today’s Scripture: Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. Job 1:20-21


When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me say
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Horatio Spafford penned these words shortly after finding out that his wife and four daughters were in a ship that sank and only his wife survived. He had such confidence in His Savior that He could say in the middle of his toughest trial, “It is well,” and “Praise the Lord.”

His story reminds me of Job. Job in the middle of his greatest trial said, “The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” You may be going through a trial right now and can’t see any hope in the future. I can’t say, “I know exactly what you are going through,” but I can encourage you from these men’s lives.

These two men had awful trials that I pray you will never have to go through, but they had such a good relationship with God that they could praise Him during their trials. I promise you neither of them regret praising God in their most difficult times. I want to encourage you to praise God in the midst of your trial. That is when praise means something very special to God. It shows you really mean it.

Can you really say, “It is well”? God used Horatio Spafford as a blessing to countless people for over a century. If you can still praise God in your trial, He will use you as a blessing to others as well.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder Jr.