My last two blogs have been rather “heavy,” so to lighten up this time I wanted to share with you a book I have enjoyed and gained from in the area of faith and prayer. I like a good story, and one that is not only a good story but is filled with inspiration and truth is even better.
For those who have not heard of George Muller, he is best known for his work among England’s poor orphans. He not only housed and cared for over 10,000 orphan children until they reached an age to be on their own, but he also cared as much for their spiritual welfare, and worked hard for their souls. He was even accused of trying to lift these poor children out of their station in life to a better station!
He bought land and built large buildings to house the orphans, keeping them fed, clothed, and warm, and paid selected workers who cared for the children.
Although his work with the orphans was his best known work, he also established Bible schools where children and adults could learn Scripture, and gave away many thousands of pounds (English money) to missionaries.
The truly amazing thing about Muller is that he did all of this strictly through prayer without letting anyone know his financial need, and without going into debt. He followed where God led him, and then trusted God to provide for his needs and the needs of those in his care.
Muller was an unlikely preacher. As a child he stole government money from his father, who was a tax collector. The night his mother died he played cards, and from there he descended into a life of sin. But God brought him out, and used him for His service.
Muller chose to live this lifestyle. He desired to show the church at large that one could actually rely on God to supply all one’s needs. In fact, in establishing the orphan houses, his mission was two-fold: first, to provide for the orphans, and second, to do it purely through faith and prayer so that everyone could see that God is faithful in taking care of His own.
His autobiography is from his own personal diary. In it, he records how he came to be on this journey of faith, and how God provided for him and those in his care, throughout his life.
Still on the topic of faith and prayer, I have found this book inspirational, and his concept of faith radical. By his life and his words Muller presents a way of life that flies in the face of modern society. This may sound like a commercial, but if you want to enjoy a good story and be challenged in your faith, read “The Autobiography of George Muller!”
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