Friday, May 29, 2009

Focused Faith

Ps. 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
"I am in myself a poor worthless sinner, but I have been saved by the blood of Christ; and I do not live in sin, I walk uprightly before God. Therefore, if it is really good for me, my darling wife will be raised up again; sick as she is. God will restore her again. But if she is not restored again, then it would not be a good thing for me. And so my heart was at rest. I was satisfied with God." George Mueller

"The Lord is good, and doeth good,' all will be according to His own blessed character. Nothing but that, which is good, like Himself, can proceed from Him. If he pleases to take my dearest wife, it will be good, like Himself. What I have to do, as His child, is to be satisfied with what my Father does, that I may glorify Him. After this my soul not only aimed, but this my soul, by God's grace, attained to. I was satisfied with God” G. Mueller.

I have just read a short biographical sketch on George Mueller; what an amazing man holding fast to an amazing God. This was his thought and heart when he was losing and then had lost his first wife. The man who had prayed so many times to have God bring food and clothes to the orphans was now asking God's will to be done in his wife's life, but he wanted only for God to keep her alive if that was what God wanted. We must pray with the heart of the Father and try to only ask for His will to be done. Rather than try to bend His will to ours, we must ask Him to shape our wills to His own.

He never took a salary, he never was in debt. All the orphanages, with all the orphans, were fed and clothed by God bringing in funds and supplies from people who were NOT solicited by Mueller. His thought was, "God knows what we need and He will bring it, through His appointed means and in His appointed time". He would still tell us today that his faith was no different than ours, and that he just trusted God to do what God does. He would also tell us that it is a sin not to trust God.

He left no family of his own and a son in law was the only survivor when he died; he buried 2 wives and a daughter and a very young son. What a legacy of grace and faith he left for us and so many of the children in the orphanages. Some 10,000 children went through his homes and all would have seen God working through this man who trusted, with such faith, that God would do what is best for His children.

1 comment:

~Kim (and family) said...

Awesome! What is the title of that book?