Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: Jer. 32:17
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me? Jer. 32:27
Growing up for me was fun and during holidays we got to compete in bicycle races with neighbours or just go across the street to visit. We would play and run the entire house down and leave in enough time for our friends to tidy up before their parents returned. I remember one of such holidays, I was 8 or 9 and we had agreed to go ask Dad and Mum for permission to go visit with the neighbours. As the messenger of the clan sent to present our petition, I remember knocking on my parents’ room door and walking in to ask and my dad refused and asked me to go play with my siblings. Then I told him I was bored stiff playing with my siblings and he answered not a word. He just stood up and walkeid to his study and came out with a small book. It was a book about a man called George Muller. I didn’t remember much of that book until 2 days ago when I shared with a friend, who needed some encouragement to have ‘simple faith’. As I shared with her, I literally heard God say ‘I am the God of all flesh, is there anything too hard for me? And He brought the life of George Muller back to me, it was so strong, it felt like I read the book only yesterday. Based on those memories, I took a few minutes out to check for stories of George Muller online and I’m sharing excerpts here.
George Muller was a pastor in England during the 19th Century, and was commonly revered as an “apostle of faith” who lived and ministered by faith. In his 20’s, he was concerned that God’s people had become so discouraged and weak in faith that they no longer looked for the work of God’s mighty hands or trusted God to answer prayers. God then began to lead George Mueller to pray. He prayed for God to lead him to a work that could only be explained as an act of God. He wanted the people to learn that their God was a faithful, prayer-answering God. One day, he came upon the verse in Psalm 81:10, “Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” God began to lead him in a walk of faith that became an outstanding testimony to all who hear of his story.
When George Muller felt God’s leading to do a certain work, he prayed for the needed resources and told no one of the need. He wanted all to know that God had provided for the need only in answer to prayer and faith. This way, he raised funds to start up several orphanages. In fact, between April 11, 1836 when the doors of the first orphanage opened with 26 children and 1838, he opened two additional orphanages. From 1848 to 1874, money came in to improve and expand the work which went from 130 orphans to 2,050 during this time and up to 13 acres. Through the years, all the kids were properly dressed and meals were regularly provided in all the houses. Muller never incurred a debt, and God supernaturally provided for everyone. The story below was one that stuck with me, and came to me when i spoke to my friend some days ago and I’m so glad to share it here as a testament of George’s total dependence on prayer and God to meet all his needs.
One morning the plates and cups and bowls on the table were empty. There was no food in the larder, and no money to buy food. The children were standing waiting for their morning meal, when Mueller said, “Children, you know we must be in time for school.” Lifting his hand he said, “Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat.” There was a knock on the door. The baker stood there, and said, “Mr. Mueller, 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 2 a.m. and baked some fresh bread, and have brought it.” Mueller thanked the man. No sooner had this transpired when there was a second knock at the door. It was the milkman. He announced that his milk cart had broken down right in front of the Orphanage, and he would like to give the children his cans of fresh milk so he could empty his wagon and repair it.
His life was filled with testimonies such as those above and God supernaturally provided all the needs of the orphanage. His most moving reunion with an orphan was on October 19, 1878 when a 71 year old widow met him…she had been his first orphan over 57 years previously. 10,023 other orphans were to follow her there and have Daddy Mueller rear them. Mueller read the Bible through over 200 times, half of these times on his knees. He said he knew of some 50,000 specific answers to prayer…requests to God alone, where God moved men to come through. And he kept journals of those prayers and the answers when they came. WOW!!!
How encouraging to note that every need was provided in the place of prayer. I challenge us all to ‘simple faith’. When we sing that God is awesome and can move mountains, that’s the same God George Mueller trusted. It is time for us to believe again! The God that Muller served who answered over 50,000 specific prayer requests is still alive today and this is a reminder to us to trust Him and simply believe again. I DARE YOU TO BELIEVE AGAIN! God is able!!!