But there is another kind of faith, a faith I like to call "Seeing faith". This kind of faith "sees" with eyes of faith, eyes that may see nothing visibly, yet they see past what is visible and trust God for what they cannot YET see.
George Mueller had that kind of faith. He is definitely one of my heroes of the faith.
I read this in my STREAMS IN THE DESERT today about George:
"I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me, "The last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, something happened which revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. We had George Mueller of Bristol on board. I had been on the bridge twenty four hours and never left it. George came to me and said "Captain, I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon." "It is impossible," I said. "Very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for 57 years. Let us go down into the chart room and pray." I looked at that man of God and thought to myself, 'what lunatic asylum can that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing as this.' "Mr. Mueller," I said, "do you know how dense this fog is?" "No", he replied, "my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God who controls every circumstance of my life." He knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers and when he had finished I was going to pray; but he put his hand on my shoulder and told me not to pray. "First, you do not believe He will answer; and second I BELIEVE HE HAS, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it." I looked at him and he said "Captain I have known the Lord for 57 years and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get audience with the King. Get up, Captain and open the door and you will find the fog gone." I got up and the fog was indeed gone. On Saturday afternoon, George Mueller was in Quebec for his engagement."
That, my Friends, is SEEING FAITH!! Although Mueller had yet to see the fog lifted, he believed it so.
Now Mueller did not start out as a giant of the faith. In fact, he actually had a rough start in life. "As a young boy growing up in Germany in the early 1800s, he often stole money from his dad. As a teenager, he sneaked out of a hotel twice without paying for the room. One time he was caught by police and put in jail. As a Bible college student, George loved going to bars, drinking, gambling, and being the life of the party. He also loved making fun of people, especially Christians.
One day, a friend invited George to go to an off-campus Bible study. He went only because he wanted to make fun of the Christians later. But to his surprise, he liked the Bible study. For the first time, he saw people who really knew and loved God. He attended each evening. Before the end of the week, he knelt at his bed and asked God to forgive his sins.
George's friends saw a change in him immediately. He no longer went to bars or made fun of people. He spent more time reading his Bible, talking about God, and going to church. Soon he found that his friends did not want to be around him anymore.
When George told his father that he had decided to become a missionary, his father became very upset. He wanted George to have a high-paying job and not be a poor missionary. He told George that he would not give him any more money for school. George knew he had to do what God was calling him to do, even if his dad didn't support him.
George went back to college without knowing how he was going to pay his tuition. He did something he thought was a bit silly for a grown man to do. He got on his knees and asked God to provide. To his surprise, an hour later a professor knocked on his door. He offered George a paid tutoring job! George was amazed! This was the beginning of George Mueller's dependence on God.
George went on to become the pastor of a church in England. Each day as George walked the streets, he saw children everywhere who had no mom or dad. They lived on the streets or in state-run poorhouses, where they were treated badly. George felt God calling him to open an orphanage to take care of the children.
George prayed, asking God to provide a building, people to oversee it, furniture, and money for food and clothing. God answered his prayers. The needs of the orphanage were met each day. Sometimes a wealthy person would send a large amount of money, or a child would give a small amount received as a gift or for doing chores. Many times food, supplies or money came at the last minute, but God always provided without George telling anyone about his needs. He just prayed and waited on God.
More than 10,000 children lived in the orphanage over the years. When each child became old enough to live on his own, George would pray with him and put a Bible in his right hand and a coin in his left. He explained to the young person that if he held onto what was in his right hand, God would always make sure there was something in his left hand as well."---Christianity.com
James warned us about being doubters, "But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind." James 1: 6.
Now I don't want to think of myself as a doubter. I don't doubt that God CAN, I just sometimes am not sure if God wants to or not. What is His plan? Had I been George on that ship, I'd have probably thought "Maybe God doesn't want me to get to Quebec. Maybe He has another plan." Maybe I overthink things too much. Maybe I need to just learn to pray BELIEVING and wait to see what God does. Isn't that what childlike faith is? George didn't overthink the situation. He needed to get to Quebec. He prayed a simple prayer, trusted God to answer and expected to open the door and the fog would be gone.
Maybe it's time for us to have a little more SEEING faith, instead of WONDERING faith!!