What Did George Muller Think About the Bible?
by Steve Burchett
George Muller loved orphans. By the end of his life in the late 1800’s, he had housed over 10,000 in Bristol, England. Remarkably, throughout his ministry he made needs known only to God. Muller’s ultimate desire for destitute boys and girls was not just to provide shelter and food, though the children were cared for very well. When sharing his dreams for ministry to orphans, Muller said this:
The chief and special end of the Institution will be to seek, with God’s blessing, to bring the dear children to the knowledge of Jesus Christ by instructing them in the Scriptures.
Muller longed for the salvation of the orphans, and he made the Bible the center of their schooling to achieve this goal. This is not surprising when considering how Muller was brought to faith in Christ. At the age of twenty, he was invited to a meeting where a chapter of the Bible and a printed sermon were read. He kept attending, and later wrote the following:
It pleased God to teach me something of the meaning of that precious truth: ‘God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ I understood something of the reason why the Lord Jesus died on the cross . . . The individual who desires to have his sins forgiven must seek it through the blood of Jesus.
For the rest of his life, George Muller was a man who treasured Scripture. This was evident in multiple ways:
Muller preached Scripture.
For the majority of his ministry in Bristol, he co-pastored two churches with his friend Henry Craik. They both were known for preaching thoroughly biblical messages. One eyewitness said this about Muller: “He strongly advocates and practises expository preaching. Instead of a solitary text detached from its context, he selects a passage…which he goes over consecutively clause by clause.”
Muller’s ministry practices were rooted in Scripture.
He once said, “God does expect us to be obedient children, and will have us practice what He has taught us.” The establishment of the orphanage came in part because of Muller’s meditation on this portion of Psalm 81:10: “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.”
Three ladies once challenged Muller’s view of baptism. He studied the relevant passages and changed his position.
Muller distributed Scripture.
In 1834, Muller founded (along with Craik) the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad, with the threefold aim of starting schools where Scripture was taught, distributing Bibles, and supporting missionaries. By 1840, over 6,000 Bibles had been circulated. In 1880, 100,000 Bibles were dispersed around the world in multiple languages. Millions of other Bible-related tracts were also published.
Muller encouraged others with Scripture.
Caring for so many orphans was sometimes trying for both his family and fellow workers, but Muller would often quote Matthew 6:31 and 33: “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’. . . But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
When his first wife, Mary, was dying, he read Psalm 84:11 to her and said, “My darling we have both received grace, and we shall therefore receive glory; and as, by God’s grace, we walk uprightly, nothing that is good for us will He withhold from us.” He preached Psalm 119:68 at her funeral.
Muller was strengthened by Scripture.
He read through the entire Bible four times a year. He said he once learned that “the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord.” How? He understood that after getting ready in the morning, “The most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditate on it.”
Muller not only started each day with Scripture, but he also rested in God’s truth during trials. For example, as he watched Mary die, Muller was comforted by Psalm 119:75: “I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.” When his daughter Lydia died (1890), and also his second wife, Susannah (1894), Muller clung to Romans 8:28.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
 Facts and quotes are taken from Roger Steer, George Muller: Delighted in God (Ross-shire, Great Britain: Christian Focus, 2001), or George Muller,Valuable Selections from the Writings of George Muller (Hannibal, MO: Granted Ministries Press, 2009).
Reprinted by permission
Copyright © 2010 Steve Burchett
Christian Communicators Worldwide, Inc.
Concerning this subject Mr. Mueller says:
“I fell into the snare, into which so many young believers fall, the reading of religious books in preference to the Scriptures. I could no longer read French and German novels, as I had formerly done, to feed my carnal mind; but still I did not put into the room of those books the best of all books. I read tracts, missionary papers, sermons, and biographies of godly persons. The last kind of books I found more profitable than others, and had they been well selected, or had I not read too much of such writings, or had any of them tended particularly to endear the Scriptures to me, they might have done me much good—I never had been at any time in my life in the habit of reading the Holy Scriptures. When under fifteen years of age, I occasionally read a little of them at school; afterwards God’s precious Book was entirely laid aside, so that I never read one single chapter of it, as far as I remember, till it pleased God to begin a work of grace in my heart. Now the Scriptural way of reasoning would have been: God himself has condescended to become an author and I am ignorant about that precious Book, which His Holy Spirit has caused to be written through the instrumentality of His servants, and it contains that which I ought to know, and the knowledge of which will lead me to true happiness; therefore I ought to read again and again this most precious Book, this Book of books, most earnestly, most prayerfully, and with much meditation; and in this practice I ought to continue all the days of my life.
For I was aware, though I read it but little, that I knew scarcely anything of it. But instead of acting thus, and being led by my ignorance of the Word of God to study it more, my difficulty in understanding it, and the little enjoyment I had in it, made me careless of reading it (for much prayerful reading of the Word, gives not merely more knowledge, but increases the delight we have in reading it); and thus, like many believers, I practically preferred, for the first four years of my divine life, the works of uninspired men to the oracles of the living God. The consequence was, that I remained a babe, both in knowledge and grace. In knowledge I say; for all true knowledge must be derived by the Spirit, from the Word. And as I neglected the Word, I was for nearly four years so ignorant, that I did not clearly know even the fundamental points of our holy faith. And this lack of knowledge most sadly kept me back from walking steadily in the ways of God. For it is the truth that makes us free (John 8:31, 32) by delivering us from the slavery of the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life. The Word proves it; and also my own experience most decidedly proves it. For when it pleased the Lord in August, 1829 to bring me really to the Scriptures, my life and walk became very different. And though even since that I have very much fallen short of what I might and ought to be, yet, by the grace of God, I have been enabled to live much nearer to Him than before.
“If any believers read this, who practically prefer other books to the Holy Scriptures, and who enjoy the writings of men much more than the Word of God, may they be warned by my loss. I shall consider this book to have been the means of doing much good, should it please the Lord, through its instrumentality, to lead some of His people no longer to neglect the Holy Scriptures, but to give them that preference, which they have hitherto bestowed on the writings of men. My dislike to increase the number of books would have been sufficient to deter me from writing these pages, had I not been convinced, that this is the only way in which the brethren at large may be benefited through my mistakes and errors, and been influenced by the hope, that in answer to my prayers, the reading of my experience may be the means of leading them to value the Scriptures more highly, and to make them the rule of all their actions. . . .
“If anyone should ask me, how he may read the Scriptures most profitably, I would advise him, that: “I.—Above all he should seek to have it settled in his own mind, that God alone, by His Spirit, can teach him, and that therefore, as God will be inquired of for blessings, it becomes him to seek God’s blessing previous to reading, and also while reading.
“II.—He should have it, moreover, settled in his mind, that, although the Holy Spirit is the best and sufficient teacher, yet that this teacher does not always teach immediately when we desire it, and that, therefore, we may have to entreat Him again and again for the explanation of certain passages; but that He will surely teach us at last, if indeed we are seeking for light prayerfully, patiently, and with a view to the glory of God.
“III.—It is of immense importance for the understanding of the word of God, to read it in course, so that we may read every day a portion of the Old and a portion of the New Testament, going on where we previously left off. This is important because: (1) It throws light upon the connection; and a different course, according to which one habitually selects particular chapters, will make it utterly impossible ever to understand much of the Scriptures. (2) Whilst we are in the body, we need a change even in spiritual things; and this change the Lord has graciously provided in the great variety which is to be found in His word. (3) It tends to the glory of God for the leaving out some chapters here and there is practically saying, that certain portions are better than others; or, that there are certain parts of revealed truth unprofitable or unnecessary. (4) It may keep us, by the blessing of God, from erroneous views, as in reading thus regularly through the Scriptures we are led to see the meaning of the whole, and also kept from laying too much stress upon certain favorite views. (5) The Scriptures contain the whole revealed will of God, and therefore we ought to seek to read from time to time through the whole of that revealed will. There are many believers, I fear, in our day, who have not read even once through the whole of the Scriptures; and yet in a few months, by reading only a few chapters every day they might accomplish it.
“IV.—It is also of the greatest importance to meditate on what we read, so that perhaps a small portion of that which we have read, or, if we have time, the whole may be meditated upon in the course of the day. Or a small portion of a book, or an epistle, or a gospel, through which we go regularly for meditation, may be considered every day, without, however, suffering oneself to be brought into bondage by this plan.
“Learned commentaries I have found to store the head, with many notions and often also with the truth of God; but when the Spirit teaches, through the instrumentality of prayer and meditation, the heart is affected. The former kind of knowledge generally puffs up, and is often renounced, when another commentary gives a different opinion, and often also is found good for nothing, when it is to be carried out into practice. The latter kind of knowledge generally humbles, gives joy, leads us nearer to God, and is not easily reasoned away; and having been obtained from God, and thus having entered into the heart, and become our own, is also generally carried out.”
Scripture Texts That Moulded George Muller
CERTAIN marked Scripture precepts and promises had such a singular influence upon this man of God, and so often proved the guides to his course, that they illustrate Psalm cxix.105:
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
And a light unto my path."
Those texts which, at the parting of the way, became to him God's sign-boards, showing him the true direction, are here given, as nearly as may be in the order in which they became so helpful to him. The study of them will prove a kind of spiritual biography, outlining his career. Some texts, known to have been very conspicuous in their influence, we put in capitals. The italics are his own.
"GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE." (John iii.16.)
"Cursed be the man that trusteth in man and maketh flesh his arm." (Jeremiah xvii.5.)
"O, fear the Lord, ye His saints; for there is no want to them that fear Him." (Psa. xxxiv.9.)
"Owe no man anything, but to love one another." (Rom. xiii.8.)
"SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS; AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU." (Matt. vi.33.)
"The holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation." (2 Tim. iii.15.)
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matt. vii.7,8.)
"WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK IN MY NAME, THAT WILL I DO, THAT THE FATHER MAY BE GLORIFIED IN THE SON: IF YE SHALL ASK ANYTHING IN MY NAME I WILL DO IT." (John xiv.13,14.)
"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, and what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body what ye shall put on... Take, therefore, no thought for the morrow." (Matt. vi. 25-34.)
"If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine." (John vii.17.)
"If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John viii.31,32.)
"And the eunuch said, See, here is water: what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him." (Acts viii.36-38.)
"Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death." (Rom. vi.3, 4.)
"Upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread." (Acts xx.7.)
"My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a man in vile raiment; and ye have respect unto him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool, are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?" (James ii.1-6.)
"Having, then, gifts differing according to the grace that is given us." (Rom. xii.6.)
"All these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will." (1 Cor. xii.11.)
"Not because I desire a gift, but I desire fruit that may abound to your account." (Philip. iv.17.)
"Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body what ye shall put on"... "Behold the fowls of the air... Consider the lilies of the field... For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these things." (Matt. vi.25-32.)
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth." (Matt. vi.19.)
"SELL THAT YE HAVE AND GIVE ALMS." (Luke xii.33.)
"A man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven." (John iii.27.)
"Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His name." (Acts xv.14. Comp. Matt. xiii.24-30, 36-43.)
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come... Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." (2 Tim. iii.1,13.)
"Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing." (2 Cor. vi.14-18.)
"Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." (Zech. iv.6.)
"MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR THEE." (2 COR. xii.9.)
"Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God." (1 Cor. vii.20, 24.)
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2 Tim. iii.16.)
"OPEN THY MOUTH WIDE, AND I WILL FILL IT." (Psa. lxxxi.10.)
"Mine hour is not yet come." (John ii.4.)
"He took a child, and set him in the midst of them and when He had taken him in His arms, He said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in My name, receiveth Me; and whosoever shall receive Me, receiveth not Me, but Him that sent Me." (Mark ix.36, 37.)
"If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men." (Rom. xii.18.)
"For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." (Heb.xii.10,11.)
"WHAT THINGS S0EVER YE DESIRE, WHEN YE PRAY, BELIEVE THAT YE RECEIVE THEM, AND YE SHALL HAVE THEM." (Mark xi.24.)
"He that believeth on Him shall not be confounded." (1 Pet. ii.6.)
"O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come." (Psa. lxv.2.)
"Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He hath done for my soul." (Psa. Ixvi.16.)
"A FATHER OF THE FATHERLESS." (Psa. lxviii.5.)
"My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction." (Prov iii.11.)
"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him." (Psa. ciii.13.)
"JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY, AND TO-DAY, AND FOR EVER." (Heb.xiii.8.)
" To-morrow shall take thought for the things of itself."
"Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matt. vi.34.)
"Hitherto hath the Lord helped us." (1 Sam. vii.12.)
"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good:"
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. (Psalm xxxiv.8.)
"All the fat is the Lord's." (Lev. iii.16.)
"I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me." (Psa. xl.17.)
"Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." (Psa. xxxvii.4.)
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." (Psa. Ixvi.18.)
"Know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for Himself: The Lord will hear when I call unto Him." (Psa. iv.3.)
"JEHOVAH JIREH." (The Lord will provide.) (Gen. xxii.14.)
"HE HATH SAID, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE; SO THAT WE MAY BOLDLY SAY, THE LORD IS MY HELPER." (Heb. xiii.5, 6.)
"Be thou not one of them that strike hands, or of those that are sureties for debts." (Prov. xxii.26.)
"He that hateth suretyship is sure." (Prov. xi.15.)
"I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved." (2 Cor. xii.15.)
"Ye are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." (Gal. iii.26.)
"CASTING ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM FOR HE CARETH FOR YOU." (1 Pet. v.7.)
"Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Phil. iv.6.)
"Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe thou shouldest see the glory of God?" (John xi.40.)
"WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD TO THEM THAT LOVE GOD." (Rom. viii.28.)
"Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?" (Gen. xviii.25.)
"Of such (little children) is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. xix.14.)
"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Rom. viii.32.)
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above." (James i.17.)
"The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing." (Psa. xxxiv.1O.)
"There is that scattereth and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth shall be watered also himself." (Prov. xi.24, 25.)
"Give and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." (Luke vi.38.)
"The liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand." (Isa. xxxii.8.)
"For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good. (Mark xiv.7.)
"Let not then your good be evil spoken of." (Rom. xiv.16.)
"Let your moderation (yieldingness) be known unto all men." (Phil. iv.5.)
"MY BRETHREN, COUNT IT ALL JOY WHEN YE FALL INTO DIVERS TEMPTATIONS (i.e. TRIALS); KNOWING THIS, THAT THE TRYING OF YOUR FAITH WORKETH PATIENCE, BUT LET PATIENCE HAVE HER PERFECT WORK, THAT YE MAY BE PERFECT AND ENTIRE, WANTING NOTHING." (James i.2-4.)
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not into thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." (Prov. iii.5, 6.)
"The integrity of the upright shall guide them; but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them." (Prov. xi.3.)
"Commit thy works unto the Lord and thy thoughts shall be established." (Prov. xvi.3.)
"For I say through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure faith." (Rom. xii.3.)
"Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord." (Psa. xxvii.14.)
"After he had patiently endured he obtained the promise." (Heb. vi.15.)
" VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK THE FATHER IN MY NAME, HE WILL GIVE IT YOU." (John xvi.23.)
"He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparing; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully." (2 Cor. ix.6.)
"Ye are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Cor. vi.20.)
"THEY THAT KNOW THY NAME WILL PUT THEIR TRUST IN THEE: FOR THOU, LORD, HAST NOT FORSAKEN THEM THAT TRUST THEE." (Psa. ix.10.)
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye the Lord forever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength." (Isa. xxvi.3, 4.)
"If there be first a willing mind it is accepted according to that a man hath and not according to that he hath not." (2 Cor viii.12.)
"BE YE STEADFAST, UNMOVABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD, FOR AS MUCH AS YE KNOW THAT YOUR LABOUR IS NOT IN VAIN IN THE LORD." (1 Cor. xv.58.)
"Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not." (Gal. vi.9.)
"Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men! (Psa. xxxi.19.)
"THOU ART GOOD AND DOEST GOOD." (Psa. cxix. 68.)
"I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me." (Psa. cxix.75.)
"My times are in Thy hand." (Psa. xxxi.15.)
"The LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly." (Psa. Ixxxiv.11.)
"Hold Thou me up and I shall be safe." (Psa. cxix.117.)
"Behold I come quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every man according as his work shall be." (Rev. xxii.12.)
"It is more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts xx.35.)
"Give us this day our daily bread." (Matt. vi.11.)
"Able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think." (Eph. iii.2O.)
"Them that honour Me I will honour." (1 Sam. ii.30.)
"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter i.7.)
Reprinted from “George Müller - Man of Faith and Miracles,” by Basil Miller, pp. 50-51
MANY asked Mr. Müller how he sought to know the will of God, in that nothing
was undertaken, not even the smallest expenditure, without feeling certain he
was in God’s will. In the following words he gave his answer.
“1. I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has not will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.
“2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impressions. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
“3. I seek the will of the Spirit of God through or in connection with the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also.
“4. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These plainly indicate God’s will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
“5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright.
“6. Thus through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace,20 and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. In trivial matters and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.”
And did this plan work? one asks. Let Mr. Müller’s testimony answer.
“I never remember,” he wrote three years before his death, “in all my Christian course, a period now of sixty-nine years and four months, that I ever sincerely and patiently sought to know the will of God by the teaching of the Holy Ghost, through the instrumentality of the Word of God, but I have been always directed rightly. But if honesty of heart and uprightness before God were lacking, or if I did not patiently wait upon God for instruction, or if I preferred the counsel of my fellow men to the declarations of the Word of the living God, I made great mistakes.”
THIRTY-FIRST DAY “I will hasten my Word to perform it.” Jer. 1:12.
Whilst He is pleased to sustain me, I am able, day by day, to pass on peacefully, and thus, by God’s help, even with my present measure of faith, if continued to me, should be enabled to bear up under other difficulties and trials; but I look for an increase of faith with every fresh difficulty through which the Lord is pleased to help me.
THIRTIETH DAY “They that fear Thee will be glad . . . because I have hoped in Thy Word.” Psalm 119:74.
We may have to wait upon the Lord, yea, even a long time; but at last He helps. It may seem as if the Lord had forgotten us, but at last He helps abundantly, and shows that only for the trial of our faith, both for our own benefit and the benefit of those who might hear of His dealings with us, has He allowed us to call so long upon Him.
TWENTY-NINTH DAY “I will perform My Word with thee.” I Kings 6:12.
Let God work for us when the hour of trial of our faith comes, and do not work a deliverance of our own. Wherever God has given faith, it is given, among other reasons, for the purpose of being tried. However weak our faith may be, God will try it; and as in every way, He leads on gently, gradually, patiently.
TWENTY-EIGHTH DAY “My meditation of Him shall be sweet.” Psalm 104:34.
Through reading of the Word of God, and especially through meditation on the Word of God, the believer becomes more and more acquainted with the nature and character of God, and thus sees what a kind, loving, and faithful Being He is; thus meditation on the Word of God will be one special means to strengthen our faith.
TWENTY-SEVENTH DAY “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. Acts 16:31.
How may I know that I shall be saved? Notice here in particular (1) It matters not how great a sinner I am; (2) The promise is positive concerning my salvation, if I believe in the Lord Jesus; (3) I have only to believe in the Lord Jesus. If I trust in and depend upon the Lord Jesus for salvation, I shall have everlasting life.
TWENTY-SIXTH DAY “Thy testimonies also are my delight.” Psalm 119:24.
This evening I was walking in our little garden meditating on Hebrews 13:8. I was led to say to myself, Jesus in His love and power has hitherto supplied me with what I have needed, and He will provide me with what I may need for the future. A flow of joy came into my soul while realizing the unchangeableness of our adorable Lord.