Heroes: George Müller (3 of 5)

1805 – 1898

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This man was one of the founders of the Brethren Movement, out of Bristol, England (although he was born a German). He is best known for starting orphanages that housed over 10,000 children over his lifetime, during a time when there were a very large number of undisciplined and unloved street-children.

This simple man of a simple and powerful faith “did follow up work for D. L. Moody, preached for Charles Spurgeon, and inspired the missionary faith of Hudson Taylor.” He worked tirelessly as a preacher (preached over 10,000 times), manager of an orphanage, and travelled to 42 countries. It is said that over 3 million people heard him preach.

Perhaps the most striking moment of his life happened when his wife, Mary, whom he loved dearly, died. He prayed that God would save her life, but trusted God, and his response shows it: “I fell on my knees and thanked God for her release, and for having taken her to Himself, and asked the Lord to help and support us.”

“…if it is really good for me, my darling wife will be raised up again; sick as she is. God will restore her again. But if she is not restored again, then it would not be a good thing for me. And so my heart was at rest. I was satisfied with God. And all this springs, as I have often said before, from taking God at his word, believing what he says.” Müller, at Mary’s funeral.

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2 thoughts on “Heroes: George Müller (3 of 5)

  1. Just watched the CD on him today, “Robber of the Cruel Streets.” The money the Lord gave him would equate to about $180,000,000 in today’s money. The Lord could trust him to pass on the money for others, and George could trust the Lord to always answer his prayers. I have always loved reading about his man!

  2. I read a great book on him with my family years ago and it really shocked me. The amount of money that went through his hands, and amazingly went directly to the work, is very worthy of imitation. He lived like a Steward, like we truly should.
    That is a great point to bring up, thanks for the reminder.

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