Devotional: ‘The Power of Faith’

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Luke 8:22 Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out. 23 But as they sailed, He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” NKJV

One of the aspects of our relationship with God that has always amazed and puzzled me is that it is built almost entirely upon faith. Rarely does God give us tangible evidence of His presence and power. He doesn’t speak to us in an audible voice. He doesn’t perform miracles that will prove His existence. He doesn’t send glowing angels to stand before us. Yes, He did these things a few times throughout Scripture, but more often than not He didn’t. Instead, God expects His people to live by faith. It says in the book of Hebrews, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) We must have faith in order to know God and to experience Him.

During the 1800s there was a man who lived in England who had such faith. His name was George Mueller. During Mueller’s lifetime, he built orphanages that ministered to more than 10,000 children. He pastored the same church for sixty-six years. He read through the entire Bible over 200 times. And at the age of seventy, he became a missionary and traveled to 42 different countries. George Mueller did many remarkable things and according to his personal testimony, he did them all by faith.

It took a great deal of money for Mueller to run his orphanages, but he made it a point to never publicly ask anyone for help. Instead, he prayed to God and trusted Him to provide all that was needed. On one occasion, Mueller and the children gave thanks for breakfast when there was nothing in the house to eat. As they finished praying, a baker knocked on the door with enough fresh bread to feed everyone. A few moments later, a man delivering milk came and offered them fresh milk because his cart had broken down right in front of the orphanage. On another occasion, one of the heating boilers stopped working during a time when the weather was severe and becoming worse each day. 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 less than 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.”

Perhaps today you are facing a situation that is beyond your control. If so, then there is a great possibility that your problem has been given to you by God. God has not given you this problem to discourage you, but as an opportunity for you to pray and have faith that He is with you and that He will help you. As George Mueller said, “There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.”

God bless you brethren.

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