I love stories about great men of faith – one of my favorite men of faith is George Mueller. “I believe God…” was the title of the devotion sharing a conversation between another passenger and the captain of a ship that went on to say:
“I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me, ‘The last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, something happened which revolutionized the whole of my life. We had George Mueller of Bristol on board. I had been on the bridge twenty-four hours and never left it. George Mueller came to me and said, ‘Captain, I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon.’ ‘It is impossible,’ I said. ‘Very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down into the chart-room and pray.’
I looked at that man, and thought to myself, what lunatic asylum can that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing as this. ‘Mr. Mueller,’ I said, ‘do you know how dense the fog is?’ ‘No,’ he replied, “my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the Living God, Who controls every circumstance in my life.’
He knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers, and when he had finished, I was going to pray; but he put his hand on my shoulder, and told me not to pray. ‘First, you do not believe He will answer; and second, I BELIEVE HE HAS, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it.’
I looked at him and he said, ‘Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get an audience with the King. Get up, Captain, and open the door, and you will find the fog gone.’ I got up, and the fog was indeed gone. On Saturday afternoon, George Mueller was in Quebec for his engagement.”
This story amazes me every time I read it in my devotional. I covet the simple faith some have and George Mueller is an inspiration to me as I hope he is to everyone.
I believe if our trust and faith were but more simple, we should just take Him at His word; and our lives would be all sunshine In the sweetness with our Lord. Don’t let any ‘fog’ stand in your way today from receiving from God. Pray. There is never a time when we fail to get an audience with the King!
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