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Simple faith

July 29, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

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“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

In L.B. Cowman’s devotional “Streams in the Desert,” the entry for August 17th tells a story that I have never forgotten about George Mueller, a great man of faith. The story goes like this:

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 Christian 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 of God, 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 this fog is?” “No,” he replied, “my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of 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 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.

I love that story, but not just for the miraculous answer to prayer. I love that according to the author, Mueller prayed “one of the most simple prayers,” and proceeded to tell the other man not to bother praying. It reminds me that God does not answer us because of our many or elaborate words, but because of our faith. I love Mueller’s faith (if you have never heard of him, do yourself a favor and read a biography about him), and pray that like George Mueller, you and I would take our eyes off of the “fog” that surrounds us and place it on the living God, who controls every circumstance of our lives.

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