Living by Faith
George Müller lived two centuries ago, but his life and ministry have deeply affected me. Müller founded orphanages and schools in Bristol, England. His primary purpose was not the physical and spiritual wellbeing of the children, though this was certainly included. His main goal was to prove to both believers and unbelievers that God is able to meet the needs of His children in answer to believing prayer. Müller never shared his needs with others. He spend hours on his knees asking God the Father to provide that which He deemed necessary. And God did, in small and big ways.
His “Narrative of some of the Lord’s Dealings with George Muller” (still in print!) records a detailed account of God’s faithfulness and power. Yet, Müller never claimed to have any special gift or ability. What was the secret behind his faith? The answer is surprisingly simple. His faith was fueled by his systematic and daily reading of the Bible:
“I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the word of God, and to meditation on it… What is the food of the inner man? Not prayer, but the word of God… not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.”
How much do we live by faith? And how much do we read the Word of God as “food for the inner man” in order to build that faith? We don’t have to be a George Muller. But his example shows us that every believer can and should cultivate a deep and abiding taste for reading the Scripture. It will enable us to live by faith. “I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees” (Ps. 119:48).