George Mueller of Bristol is one of my favorite saints. He lived in the 1800’s and was full of faith in God. His desire was to provide for the orphans around him. But how would he do it since the need was great and he didn’t have money? He’d do it through prayer, not asking anyone for a penny in order to show that God provides and is completely trustworthy. He’d depend on God to nudge people. So through prayer, without ever asking for help or a handout, he provided food, shelter, and education for 10,000 orphans. God is powerful and good and works through his children. God hears our intercessions. May we be like George Mueller and seek God on behalf of those that have spiritual and physical needs so that he might provide and give us his power and wisdom to bring in as much of Christ’s kingdom as we can. It is his doing not ours; we are simply vessels, like George Mueller.
Below I am going to include a little story about him from Streams in the Desert (August 17 for those who have this devotional classic) by L.B. Cowman and edited by James Reiman. I am encouraged every time I read it. I hope you are too!
I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me (Acts 27:25).
A number of years ago I went to America with a steamship captain who was a very devoted Christian. When we were off the coast of Newfoundland, he said to me, “The last time I sailed here, which was five weeks ago, something happened that revolutionized my Christian life. I had been on the bridge for twenty-four straight hours when George Mueller of Bristol, England, who was a passenger on board, came to me and said, ‘Captian, I need to tell you that I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon.’ ‘That is impossible’ I replied. ‘Very well,’ Mueller responded, ‘if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way, for I have never missed an engagement in fifty-seven years. Let’s go down to the chartroom to pray.’ “I looked at this man of God and thought to myself, ‘What lunatic asylum did he escape from?’ I had never encountered someone like this. ‘Mr. Mueller,’ I said, ‘do you realize how dense the fog is?” ‘No,’ he replied. ‘My eye is not on the dense fog but on the living God, who controls every circumstance in my life.’
“He then knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers I’ve ever heard. When he had finished, I started to pray, but he put his hand on my shoulder and told me not to pray. He said, ‘First, you do not believe God will answer, and second, I BELIEVE HE HAS. Consequently, there is no need whatsoever for you to pray about it.’
“As I looked at him, he said, ‘Captain, I have known my Lord fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get an audience with the King. Get up, Captain, and open the door, and you will see that the fog is gone.’ I got up, and indeed the fog was gone. And on Saturday afternoon George Mueller was in Quebec for his meeting.”
Thank you O LORD for a strong reminder of your goodness and power. You are at work. Amen.
Repost from earlier in 2010.