I have just finished re-reading the autobiography of George Muller after reading it first several years ago and many things have come to my mind while flipping the pages of his life's journey. There are many lessons to gain from his life before and after his salvation, here are a few I would like to share.
God Doesn't Save A Man Based On His Worthiness To Be Saved!
George Muller was a wicked young man and reading his own account of the state of his depraved soul speaks volumes about the goodness and mercy of God to save sinners.
His life gives evidence to the truth of God's word that says in Romans 5:6-11
(6) For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
(7) For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—
(8) but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(9) Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
(10) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
(11) More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
God's Redemption Makes A New Creation
George Muller tried many times to change on his own but he could not escape the wickedness of his life by his own strength. However, when God saved him he could not stay the man he was before. When he would fall into sin from time to time he met it with great remorse and repentance.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." The life of George Muller was a powerful testimony of this truth.
God's Ways Are Not Our Ways
We know this truth from scripture when God reminds us in Isaiah 55:8-9
(8) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
(9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
This truth is evident in the life of Muller after his salvation. Even though he had an overwhelming desire to be a missionary God had different and better plans for him.
God Honors Faith and Prayer, But In His Way and His Timing
Reading the testimony of answered prayer after answered prayer in the life of George Muller in itself contributes to the faith of the reader. God's word tells us in many places of the power of faith in our approach to the Father when asking for anything. God answers prayer but not always in the way and when we expect it. Many times Muller's prayers result in an answer just in time and in just enough supply to keep him asking for the next provision.
The Autobiography of George Muller is an excellent book and a remarkable testimony of God's power and faithfulness to His children and His word.