George Müller: A Little Help

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Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in My name, and I will do it. John 14:12-14

“Monday morning. No money came in either Saturday or yesterday. The matter has now become a solemn crisis. We called the brothers and sisters together for prayer and I explained the situation. Despite this trial of faith, I still believe God will help us. Nothing should be purchased that we cannot pay for, and the children should never lack nourishing food and warm clothing. We discussed what unnecessary possessions could be sold.

A few hours later, nine sixpence were anonymously put into the box at Gideon Chapel. This money seemed like a promise that God would have compassion and send more. About ten o’clock, while I was again in prayer for help, a sister gave two sovereigns to my wife for the orphans. She felt she already delayed too long. A few minutes later, she gave me two sovereigns more. She did all this without knowing anything about our need. Thus the Lord most mercifully has sent us a little help and greatly encouraged my faith.”

George Müller (1805-1898) in The Autobiography of George Müller (New Kensington: Whitaker Hosue, 1985) 97-98.

Müller took good notes. His stories inspire us because they show us not what God did back in the 1800’s but what He does each and every day. These stories celebrate the reliability, compassion, and mercy of God toward His servants.

I read Müller after praying and thinking about the contrast between hurry and holy noticing yesterday.

Müller was a busy guy. Super busy! He ran more orphan houses and served more poor children than any one person is supposed to be able to manage. Some might say he lived in a hurry (some say I do). I read Müller as having keen eyes for holy noticing.

Let me explain. He saw each need, each challenge, with God’s eyes. That meant that each one was an opportunity for God to show up, for God to glorify Himself. Additionally, he avoided debt and converted unnecessary assets into cash to maximize his stewardship.

And what did God do, day in and day out for him. God gave “a little help” or daily bread.

Father, forgive us for hurrying through life thinking it is our job to supply our needs. When we are most busy, teach us to take time to pray because you are our faithful Provider. And help us by your Spirit to take good notes so you get all the glory we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.