Mighty in Faith

And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
Hebrews 11:4

George Müller (1805-1898) was great in faith and prayer, trusting God alone to supply the needs of orphans under his care. His biographer Roger Steer tells the following story about how God faithfully heard the prayers and honored his believing servant.

Early one morning Abigail was playing in Müller’s garden on Ashley Down when he took her by the hand.

“Come see what our Father will do.”

He led her into a long dining-room. “The plates and cups or bowls were on the table. There was nothing on the table but empty dishes. There was no food in the larder, and no money to supply the need.” The children were standing waiting for breakfast.

“Children, you know we must be in time for school,” said Müller. Then lifting his hand, he prayed, “Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat.”

According to the account, a knock was then heard at the door. The baker stood there.

“Mr. Müller, I couldn’t sleep last night. Somehow I felt you didn’t have bread for breakfast, and the Lord wanted me to send you some. So I got up at two o’clock and baked some fresh bread, and have brought it.”

Müller thanked the baker and praised God for His care.

“Children,” he said, “we not only have bread, but the rare treat of fresh bread.”

Almost immediately there came a second knock at the door. This time it was the milkman who announced that his milk cart had broken down outside the orphanage, and that he would like to give the children his cans of fresh milk, so that he could empty his wagon and repair it.*

George Müller set out in 1835 to prove to his fellow Christians and to the world, that God can and will meet the needs of his people without soliciting or advertising those needs. He trusted alone in the faithfulness of God. Repeatedly, God heard the cries of his trusting servant. Müller’s name could well be added to the heroes of faith, recorded in Hebrews 11.

*Roger Steer, George Müller: Delighted in God (Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1975), 182.

Taken from . . .
Renewed by the Spirit: 365 Daily Meditations
by Ralph I. Tilley
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