I am currently living in some very “unfamiliar waters” where it is necessary that I live by faith as never before. Thankfully, God has provided me/us with the tremendous example of an individual who lived his life (and carried out his ministry) by faith. That individual was George Muller of Bristol, England. Over the course of his many years of ministry, George Muller cared for and educated more than 10,000 orphans – with no personal wealth or organizational ‘fund raising machine’ behind him.
But getting back to my “musings” ~ As is so often the case with the Lord, through the normal course of my devotional reading this week, He brought me across the record of an interview that was conducted in December of 1979, at “Ashley Down” – one of 127 orphanages Mr. Mueller founded & operated. Anyway… at one point in the interview, he was asked how he could manage such a great undertaking? Mr. Muller’s reply was ‘quick and confident’ – he answered: “I HOPE IN GOD!” (he continued by saying) “Whatever our necessities, however great our difficulties and even though to all appearances help is impossible, it is still our business to hope in God. In fact, there is never a time when we may not hope in God! Hope placed in men may be thwarted and hope placed in the outcome of certain circumstances may leave one disappointed – but God has never let down one who hopes in Him, although in the Lord’s own time help does come.” (he concluded) “Oh, the hundreds, yea the thousands of times that I have found it thus within the past seventy years and four months! When it seemed impossible that help could come, help did come from God…and His own resources may be counted by hundreds, by thousands. He is not confined to this thing or to that thing, or to twenty things; in 10,000 different ways, and at 10,000 different times, God will help us.”
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he (that individual) shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear ‘when’ (not ‘if’) the heat comes; But its leaf will be green; and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will he cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence: for my hope is in Him and my expectation is from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge, is God.
[Therefore] Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us! Selah” (Psalm 62:5-8, esv)
** Thank You, Lord…and thank you, George Muller. Although I know these things, I need to be continually reminded of them. The “heat” will come – in the forum of trials & testing, and the “drought” will come – in seasons/periods of spiritual dryness, but You will never fail me. I can place my hope in You and in the promises of Your word.
As the psalmist said so beautifully, “…surely goodness & mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of The Lord forever.” (Ps. 23:6)