In 1944, a housewife named Ruth Caye Jones was concerned about the state of the world. The country was in the middle of World War II. Hitler, the Nazi army and the Japanese military were waging war around the globe. Mrs. Jones was at home completing her daily household tasks. She was burdened and stressed by the turmoil and evil in the world. She was moved by reading the words of 2 Timothy 3:1: “This know also that in the last days perilous times will come.” As she read those words, inspiration for the song came, and she jotted lyrics on a small notepad she had in her apron pocket. Since that day the hymn has been a blessing to countless Christians at special times of need.