Now George Müller wasn’t anyone special. Like most of us, he was just an average Joe out there living life the best he knew how. As a child and a young adult, he led quite a shocking life, making many mistakes. It was not pretty!
Then one day . . . George was invited to a prayer meeting that changed his life. During that prayer meeting George found a cornucopia, a horn of plenty. He found God (actually God had been there all along). Most importantly, George found faith.
After that prayer meeting, as the story goes, George Müller becomes a preacher. To fund his salary, his first church in Teignmouth, England, rented out pews in the church. Members would pay to sit in a certain pew, a family pew. But when Müller learned of this he put an end to it deciding to trust God for all his needs.
For the rest of his life, George Müller never openly asked for anything. Instead, he took all his requests to God in prayer. He left that church (fully funded and thriving) two years later.
While tending to the flock of his second church, George Müller founded the Ashley Downs Orphanage with only 2 shillings to his name. One day, the house mother came to George and let him know there was no food for the 300 children to eat. Surprisingly, George Müller remained calm and asked the house mother to have the children go ahead and sit at the table for breakfast. He bowed his head, thanked God for the food and waited.
Within minutes, a baker knocked on the door. “Mr. Müller,” he said, “last night I could not sleep. Somehow I knew that you would need bread this morning. I got up and baked three batches for you. I will bring it in.”
Soon, there was another knock at the door. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. The milk would’ve spoiled by the time the wheel was fixed. He asked George if he could use some free milk. George smiled as the milkman brought in ten large cans of milk, it was just enough for the 300 thirsty children.
George Müller prayed like that everyday of his life (after his conversion). He asked God for everything: housing, staff, furniture and furnishings, food and clothing. God always answered. Their needs were met each day, sometimes in surprising and unique ways, but they never wanted for anything. God provided abundantly.
More than 10,000 children lived in the orphanage over the years. When each child became old enough to live on his own, George would pray with him and put a Bible in his right hand and a coin in his left. He explained to the young person that if he held onto what was in his right hand, God would always make sure there was something in his left hand as well.
These are tough times for many Americans. We, as a nation, are facing challenges that many of us do not know how to handle. Take heart. There is One who is always with us who knows how to handle it all.
Scriptures tell us:
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)
Times are tough. Many are struggling and many are doing without. May this be a comfort to you, you are not alone.
We stand with you and we stand together, helping one another anyway we can, but above and beyond that may we take a lesson from George Müller, bow our heads, thank God and wait.
God will deliver the cornucopia, the horn of plenty.