Words & Music by Ruth Caye Jones, 1902-1972

Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.
John 6:68

Wars, earthquakes, famines, violence, drugs, child abuse, abortion, humanism, the occult, terrorism, New Age....

When world events and ideologies like these seem ominous and unsettling to us or when personal sorrows or tragedies confront us, where can we go but to the Lord? How comforting it is to know that we can always flee to Him and rest securely on our "Solid Rock". During the fearful days at the height of World War II, when the stress and strain of daily living seemed almost overwhelming, the comforting hymn "In Times Like These" was written. In the midst of a busy day as a housewife, Ruth Caye Jones felt inspired of the Holy Spirit to stop her work, quickly putting down both words and music just as they are written.

Since that day the hymn has been a blessing to countless Christians at special times of need. It has brought comfort during illness, has been used widely at funerals, has encouraged and challenged Christian workers, and has drawn many to salvation. Mrs. Jones experienced for herself the consolation the words of the song could bring as she spent time recovering from serious surgery a few years after it was written.

The Scriptures warn that world conditions will continue to get worse as we approach the end of this age and the return of Christ. In addition, we must prepare ourselves for the difficult times that come to everyone as life progresses. We can only remain firm when we know with conviction that our God is in control and that all things are working together for our good and His glory. In the meantime, we simply cling to the "Solid Rock"!

In times like these, you need a Savior,
In times like these, you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these, you need the Bible,
In times like these, O be not idle!
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

In times like these, I have a Savior,
In times like these, I have an anchor,
Iím very sure, Iím very sure,
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

This Rock is Jesus, Yes, Heís the One,
This Rock is Jesus, The only One!
Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds,
And grips the Solid Rock.

*For Today*: Job 13:13 & 15, 19:25 & 27; Psalm 56:11; Isaiah 26:3 & 4

Whatever difficulties might surround you just now, be certain that you can sing with conviction this musical testimony.


Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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