Devotional: ‘Do You Have Faith?’

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Luke 8:22 One day He and His disciples got into a boat, and He told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they were sailing He fell asleep. Then a fierce windstorm came down on the lake; they were being swamped and were in danger. 24 They came and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to die!” Then He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves. So they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, asking one another, “Who can this be? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey Him!” CSB

During the 1800’s a man by the name of George Mueller established orphanages in England. During his lifetime he built five large orphanages and cared for more than 10,000 children.

George Mueller was a remarkable man. He pastored the same church for sixty-six years. He read through the entire Bible over 200 times and at age seventy, he began a life-long dream of missionary work that took him into 42 different countries. Finally at 87 he retired as a missionary.

One of the most remarkable qualities of George Mueller’s life is his faith in God. During the time when he ran his orphanages, it is estimated that he prayed in millions of dollars (in today’s currency) without every asking anyone for money.

On one occasion, Mueller and the children gave thanks for breakfast when there was nothing to eat in the house. As they finished praying, the baker knocked on the door with enough fresh bread to feed everyone. Later the milkman gave them fresh milk because his cart had broken down right in front of their orphanage.

On another occasion one of the heating boilers stopped working. The weather was severe and becoming worse each day and therefore it needed to be fixed quickly. So George Mueller prayed that the weather would let up and that the workers would be willing to work throughout the night until the job was done.On the day before the work began, a bitter north wind blew. Then, as the workmen arrived, the wind shifted and started coming from the south and it became so mild that no fire was needed to heat the building. That evening, the foreman of the workers instructed his men to go home and report back first thing in the morning to begin the work again; but the workers replied that they would prefer to work through the night. The job was done in 30 hours.

George Mueller wrote – “Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.”

Let’s not be like the disciples who were full of fear. Let’s be like George Mueller who was full of faith!

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