“The George Muller Documentary” is about the life and work of George Muller, a missionary who founded schools and orphanages in Bristol, England in the early 1800s. He was a great lover of God’s word, and his humble testimony is an inspiration to many.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
Three Naratives by George Muller
Narrative 1 by George Muller:
“For the first four years after my conversion, I made no progress because I neglected the Bible. God began to show me that the Word of God alone is our standard of judgment in spiritual matters, that it can be explained only by the Holy Spirit, and that in our day, as in former times, He is the teacher of His people.
The Lord enabled me to put this to the test by laying aside commentaries and almost every other book, simply reading the Word of God and studying it. The first evening I shut myself in my room to give myself to prayer and meditation over the Scriptures, I learned more in two hours than I had in the previous couple of months.
The particular difference was that I received real strength for my soul in doing so. When I regularly read with reference to my heart and soul, I made direct progress, and my life and walk became very different. And though ever since then I have fallen short of what I might and ought to be, yet by the grace of God, I have been able to live much nearer to Him than before.”
Narrative 2 by George Muller:
“How different it is when the soul is refreshed and made happy early in the morning, from what it is when the spiritual preparation, the service, the trials, and the temptations of the day come upon one. Though I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of God’s Word and to profit my own inner self, it was not enough to have prayerful reading only; we must also meditate on the Word, pondering on what has been read.
This is deeply important. I find it very beneficial to my health to walk with meditation before breakfast, and now I am so in the habit of using this time for that purpose. Since God has taught me this point, it is as plain to me as anything that the first thing the child of God has to do morning by morning is to obtain food for the inner man, just as the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time unless we take food.
This is one of the first things we do in the morning. So it should be with the inner man. What is the food for the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God. And here again, not the simple reading of the Word of God so that it only passes through our minds like water through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering over it, and applying it to our hearts.”
Narrative 3 by George Muller:
“There are four principles for Christians to follow by which they may be strengthened in their faith.
- The first principle is to read the Word and meditate on it. God becomes known to us through prayer and meditation upon His Word.
- Secondly, seek to maintain an upright heart and a clear conscience.
- Thirdly, if you desire your faith to be strengthened, you should not shrink from opportunities where your faith may be tried.
- Fourthly, let God work for you.”