A man of God that has encouraged my life immensely!
George Müller’s life purpose was to fulfill only the work that God wanted him to do. Is that not want we desire too?
We all can think back to monumental moments in our lives when Christ took us to higher levels of intimacy with Himself.
I remember Christ taking me through one of those growing stages. He gave me a huge challenge to walk through that really unsettled me and caused me to cry out to God for mercy, grace, and wisdom.
My feelings were having a real hard time catching up to the truth of God’s Word that I knew was right. I remember wrestling with the truth and where my feelings were. I wondered if God really cared for me. Could I really trust Him and not fear? Was I so at peace with my Lord that all I wanted was what He wanted even if that meant the right way went against my own feelings or desires? Could I truly rest in God knowing that in His timing my feelings would catch up to the truth as I purposely spoke the truth of God’s Word to myself?
It was a hard battle. I still remember those weeks of agony. Searching the scriptures, praying, and knowing that the only answer was yes Lord, I trust You even with this. My life is yours. You can do with it whatever you please because I know whatever the outcome is it is Your will for me.
That monumental night will be remembered forever. I yielded. A peace came over me that I never had experience before. The future was still full of unknowns but His peace enveloped me and His power strengthened and emboldened me to go forward with confidence – knowing that nothing would happen without His explicit ruling. WOW! I was left in awe of His great goodness.
George Müller wrote six points on “How to ascertain the Will of God” to help him biblically walk through each daily decision he encountered. I keep these six point in the front cover of my Bible. It is a wonderful reminder and challenge to me.
How to Ascertain the Will of God
by George Müller
1.—I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people is just here. 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 impression. 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. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.
4.—Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often 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, 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.
from Answers to Prayer from George Müller’s Narratives compiled by A. E. C. Brooks. Chicago.: Moody Press, ca. 1897.