“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1, NIV
George Mueller had never faced a situation quite like it. Before him were 120 orphans, expectantly seated at long dinner tables. But something at this mealtime tested the mettle of Mueller’s heart. On the dinner plates at that table was…nothing but water. Eager faces looked toward him, as if to say, “What is for dinner?” There was no milk, and no money to buy food or drink.
What was George to do? It did not take long for him to decide. He would do what he had done every other mealtime. He would instruct the children to bow their heads and join him in thanking God for the meal they were about to eat. He would praise God for the faithfulness of His provision. Mueller prayed simply, directly, and with a heart filled with faith.
When the “amen” was pronounced, the plates were still empty. But as the eyes of those 120 youngsters turned again to the head table, a knock sounded at the door. A moment later, a young boy called out, “Mr. Mueller, it is the vegetable man! He has a lot of stuff for us!” While the vegetables were being unloaded, another person came to the door – the butcher! He had run out of ice at the end of a hot day and faced the prospect of awful, rotting meat. “Coincidence?” Then another amazing “coincidence” occurred. The milkman’s wagon pulled up, overloaded with milk and dairy products!
Needless to say, it was quite a banquet that night. And it was the finest lesson in faith the orphans ever received. Would the same thing have happened had Mueller not prayed, believing God for His provision ahead of time? We do not know, but we do know that Jesus said we have not because we ask not. And we know that His will for us is to walk by faith, not by sight.
QUESTION: God is calling each of us to answer a vital question: Do you have the faith to trust God for His provision? As we move toward the future, this must be our attitude.