Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
George Mueller was a man of great faith. During his life, which spanned most of the nineteenth century, Mueller pastored the same church for sixty-six years, read the Bible from cover to cover over 200 times, and was influential in the ministries of D. L. Moody, C. H. Spurgeon, and Hudson Taylor. While his accomplishments were significant, he was most known for his ministry to orphans. He built five large orphan houses and cared for 10,024 abandoned children during his lifetime.
Mueller said, "The orphan houses exist to display that God can be trusted and encourage believers to take him at his word." Mueller was grieved that "so many believers ... were harassed and distressed in mind, or brought guilt on their consciences, on account of not trusting the Lord." Mueller said that the supreme passion of his life was to "display with open proofs that God could be trusted with the practical affairs of life."
Mueller made it a point to never ask people for money to support the orphanages; he only asked God. While this is certainly not the only way funds can be raised in a biblical manner, it is estimated that over $40 million, by today's standards, were given to the orphanages. Mueller said, "My faith is the same kind of faith that all God's children have had ... though there may be more of it because my faith has been a little more developed by exercise."
Father, help me exercise my faith. Help me put my faith into action. Drive out the fear that causes spiritual retreat, and help me step out with confidence that You will provide everything I need to do all that You have called me to do. In Jesus' name. Amen.