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God calls us to a life of trust.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (KJV)
A man who has greatly inspired me in that direction is George Müller, who lived in the 1800s. His classic autobiography is entitled, A Life of Trust. I still regret that when I was visiting Bristol, England, I did not seek out any artifacts or museums commemorating his life, for it was there that his prayer ministry was so effective in helping needy children.
George Müller was born in Prussia in 1805. His early years were characterized by thievery, lying, and other dissolute behaviours, even though he was well provided for. While he was studying at university, a friend took him to a Christian meeting. Here began his spiritual journey with Christ.
Müller grew in faith during the ensuing years, and in time, travelled to England where he made his home. As his faith grew, so did his confidence in God's faithfulness and his belief in the truth of God's Word. He began to rely solely on God for his monetary needs. He would pray and seek God's direction for his life and ministry, and then ask God to supply what was needed to meet those requirements.
On April 21st, 1836, in response to God's leading, his first Orphan House opened. His autobiography records a remarkable life and answers to prayer as through the years, 2000 English children were lodged, fed, and schooled.
God invites us through His Word to seek His guidance constantly and to believe that He will hear and answer our prayers to meet our needs as we follow His direction. We find many Bible verses that inspire us to have confidence in Him, and we hear His voice more clearly.
John 15:4 – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. (KJV)
For Christians, time is well spent in nurturing our faith. When we read the Word and meditate on it, our faith grows, and we become more confident in our relationship with God. A life of trust and confidence in God can bear rich fruit for God's kingdom.
Prayer: Living God, we thank You for Christ's followers down through the centuries who have validated Your promises through the ways that they have lived out Christ's teachings and ministry. Help us to be faithful followers, too, by reading, meditating on, and obeying Your teachings. Enable us to live more like Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.