Today’s Scripture: Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. PsalmĀ 119:68

The center of God’s will is our only safety.-Betsy Ten Boom

How do you feel about the goodness of God when you are facing a particularly difficult time? George Mueller’s response was quite amazing.

Mueller’s wife, Mary, died of rheumatic fever on February 6, 1870. They had been married 39 years and four months. He was 64 years old.

Shortly after the funeral, he was strong enough to preach a “funeral sermon” as he called it. What text would he choose when God had taken his beloved? He chose Psalm 119:68, “You are good, and do good.”

His three points were:

  1. The Lord was good, and did good, in giving her to me.
  2. The Lord was good, and did good, in so long leaving her to me.
  3. The Lord was good, and did good, in taking her from me.

Under this third point, he recounts how he prayed for her during her illness: “Yes, my Father, the times of my darling wife are in Thy hands. Thou wilt do the very best thing for her and for me, whether life or death. If it may be, raise up yet again my precious wife. Thou art able to do it, though she is so ill; but howsoever Thou dealest with me, only help me to continue to be perfectly satisfied with Thy holy will.”

This is an amazing prayer from an amazing man. And yet, he would stand before you even today and say that he was only an ordinary man with an extraordinary God. You have the same God who will help you. Go to Him when you need strength.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder