In 1641 twenty-year-old Georg Neumark (1621-1681) struck out from his home in the Thuringian forests, journeying to the University of Konigsberg where he intended to study law. With him was his life savings - money he had earned by hard work and carefully saved to fund his education. Though he traveled in a group of merchants for protection, roving thieves were undeterred and robbed the company. Georg lost all his possessions except "his prayer book and a few hidden coins." With nothing left to cover tuition, he slowly walked toward home, unsuccessfully applying for work as he went. Winter found him cold, hungry, and without prospects. Entering the village of Kiel and again turned away for employment, the seemingly friendless young man was running out of options when pastor Nicolaus Becker took him in.
Warmed and filled, Georg was much more comfortable, but his career in law still seemed unlikely without a job. Suddenly a tutor position became available in the local judge's home, and he was hired immediately at the pastor's recommendation. Awestruck by the sudden change of circumstance, he sat down that day and wrote "If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee" as a hymn of consolation to others facing dire situations. The job enabled him to replenish his savings, and the following year (1643), he enrolled at last in the University of Konigsberg. In a stunning double blow not long after, he again lost all when a fire destroyed his possessions. With unwavering faith he continued, already knowing God's provision and providence.
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