“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
George Mueller was a man of great faith. During his life, which spanned most of the 19th century, Mueller pastored the same church for sixty-six years, read the Bible from cover to cover over 200 times, and was influential in the ministries of D. L. Moody, C. H. Spurgeon and Hudson Taylor. While his accomplishments were significant, he was most known for his orphan ministry. He built five large orphan houses and cared for 10,024 orphans during his lifetime.
Mueller said, “The orphan houses exist to display that God can be trusted and encourage believers to take him at his word.” Mueller was grieved that “so many believers…were harassed and distressed in mind, or brought guilt on their consciences, on account of not trusting the Lord.” Mueller said that the supreme passion of his life was to “display with open proofs that God could be trusted with the practical affairs of life.”
Mueller made it a point to never ask people for money to support the orphanages; he only asked God. While this is certainly not the only way funds can be raised in a biblical manner, it is estimated that over $40 million, by today’s standards, was given to the orphanages. Mueller said, “My faith is the same kind of faith that all God’s children have had…though there may be more of it because my faith has been a little more developed by exercise.”
When it comes to living the Christian life, we are called upon to do so by faith. Sometimes our out look on things may not be very encouraging, but we are called upon to remember that it is God who will meet our needs and not ourselves.
Father, help us to exercise our faith. Help us to put our faith in action. Drive out the fear that causes spiritual retreat and help us to step out with confidence that you will provide everything we need to do all that you have called us to do.