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Muller on Bible Study

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

The following comes from the final chapter of Andrew Murray’s book With Christ in the School of Prayer, regards studying the Bible, and is George Muller’s testimony on the subject (he was the founder of a great orphanage work for God in Bristol England).

“Now the scriptural way of reasoning would have been: God Himself has condescended to become an author, and I am ignorant about that precious book which His Holy Spirit has caused to be written through the instrumentality of His servants, and it contains that which I ought to know, and the knowledge of which will lead me to true happiness; therefore I ought to read again and again this most precious book, this book of books, most earnestly, most prayerfully, and with much meditation; and in this practice I ought to continue all the days of my life. For I was aware, though I read it but little, that I knew scarcely anything of it. But instead of acting thus and being led by my ignorance of the word of God to study it more, my difficulty in understanding it, and the little enjoyment I had in it, made me careless of reading it (for much prayerful reading of the word gives not merely more knowledge, but increases the delight we have in reading it); and thus, like many believers, I practically preferred, for the first four years of my divine life, the works of uninspired men to the oracles of the living God. The consequence was that I remained a babe, both in knowledge and grace. In knowledge, I say; for all true knowledge must be derived, by the Spirit, from the word. And as I neglected the word, I was for nearly four years so ignorant, that I did not clearly know even the fundamental points of our holy faith. And this lack of knowledge most sadly kept me back from walking steadily in the ways of God. For when it pleased the Lord in August 1829 to bring me really to the Scriptures, my life and walk became very different. And though ever since that I have very much fallen short of what I might and ought to be, yet by the grace of God I have been enabled to live much nearer to Him than before. If any believers read this who practically prefer other books to the Holy Scriptures, and who enjoy the writings of men much more than the word of God, may they be warned by my loss. I shall consider this book to have been the means of doing much good, should it please the Lord, through its instrumentality, to lead some of His people no longer to neglect the Holy Scriptures, but to give them that preference which they have hitherto bestowed on the writings of men.

‘Before I leave this subject, I would only add: If the reader understands very little of the word of God, he ought to read it very much; for the Spirit explains the word by the word. And if he enjoys the reading of the word little, that is just the reason why he should read it much; for the frequent reading of the Scriptures creates a delight in them, so that the more we read them, the more we desire to do so.

‘Above all, he should seek to have it settled in his own mind that God alone by His Spirit can teach him, and that therefore, as God will be inquired of for blessings, it becomes him to seek God’s blessing previous to reading, and also whilst reading.

‘He should have it, moreover, settled in his mind that although the Holy Spirit is the best and sufficient Teacher, yet that this Teacher does not always teach immediately when we desire it, and that therefore we may have to entreat Him again and again for the explanation of certain passages; but that He will surely teach us at last, if indeed we are seeking for light prayerfully, patiently, and with a view to the glory of God.”

George Muller knew what he was talking about and certainly brought blessings to the people of his time in unprecedented ways. This was in spite of his very rough and decidedly unchristian beginning.

It is interesting that Muller’s father attempted to bring about his son’s reformation by sending him to a school where he would become a pastor–it is interesting that Muller’s father had no particular personal interest in becoming a Christian but saw the need for his son, only becoming a Christian in later life. Muller was changed, the change being initiated in seeing another believer pray on his knees, and proceeded to pursue a relationship with Christ as others of his time–much reading of books…and back then the books were of limited value.

He obviously came to appreciate the Bible and spent much of his time reading the Bible, on his knees. But books were also important, for he clearly stated later in life that three books played a major role in his life: the biography of John Newton where he learned God could save a wretch like him, the biography of George Whitefield where he learned how to have a relationship with Jesus and how to study on his knees, and the biography of August Francke where he gained the vision for his life work.

For you and I, the important point is being thoroughly immersed in the Word of God! Muller’s system worked and I recommend it most heartily.

Read more about Muller and his way of walking with Jesus at this link at path2prayer.com.

A True Champion

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

There are many who would like to believe they are doing great things for God, and I don’t want to minimize anyone’s efforts—who am I to evaluate or judge, since we are called to be faithful to the limit of light and talents given us, and resources made available. But some have shone brightly even among God’s most luminous jewels.

One of them is George Muller that great Christian who found the Lord after a rocky beginning as he attended the university in Halle (and saw a Christian kneel for the first time), later established the Scriptural Knowledge Institute that supported so many missionaries and schools around the world, and eventually founded the orphange that eventually cared for over 2,000 orphans.

In 1874, Muller states he fed 2,100 people, sent 10,000 pounds to missionaries in other lands, supported 189 missionaries, supported 100 day schools, fees for 9,000 day school students, published some 4 million tracts and thousands of Bibles. Those are amazing statistics, especially back in 1874.

Muller’s guiding promise is found in Ps. 81:10 where it says, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” He believed, he claimed the many promises of the Bible, he worked to carefully follow all the principles of the Bible, prayed as if it all depended on prayer, and worked as if it all depended on work.

Needless to say, his accomplishments are amazing and very inspiring. But I am even MORE inspired by the principles that guided him in doing so much-praying and reading the Bible, discerning God’s will, finding helpers, dealing with finances, avoiding ALL debt, seeking to be faithful to Scripture, etc., which are still relevant in our day.

Perhaps you would like to learn more about those principles? There is no better book to the best of my knowledge than A. T. Pierson’s Muller of Bristol. His book doesn’t include as many anecdotes as one might find, for example, in Roger Steer’s book on Muller (George Muller: Delighted in God), but Pierson shares the life-changing, community-impacting, results-gaining principles that brought success back then, and will still bring success in our day.

You can download the book as a pdf at this link: Pierson: Muller of Bristol

You can find more writings from Muller at path2prayer.com. Just do a search for George Muller in the search box.

Read, learn, then go and make a difference!