“To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 25.1)
One of my hero’s is George Mueller. A remarkable man, in 1834 (when he was 28) he founded The Scripture Knowledge Institute for Home and Abroad. The Institute was comprised of five branches:
1) Schools for children and adults to teach Bible knowledge,
2) Bible distribution,
3) missionary support,
4) tract and book distribution, and
5) “to board, clothe and scriptural educate orphans who have lost both parents by death.”
All five branches had great impact, but the one he is best known for is the orphan ministry. George built 5 large orphan houses and cared for 10,024 orphans in his lifetime. When he started in 1834 there were only accommodations for 3,600 orphans in all of England and twice that many children under eight were in prison. One of the incredible marks of Mueller’s ministry was, “fifty years after Mr. Mueller began his work, at least one hundred thousand orphans were cared for in England alone.”
He did all this while he was pastoring and preaching three times a week from 1830 to 1898. When he turned 70 he fulfilled a life-long dream of missionary work laboring abroad for the next 17 years! (until he was 87!). During His mission work he traveled to 42 countries, preaching at least once a day, and addressing better than 3 million people along the way!
Mueller read his Bible from cover to cover over 200 times during his life. He prayed in millions of dollars (in today’s currency) for the Orphans and never asked anyone directly for money. He himself never took a salary in the last 68 years of his ministry!
Indeed a remarkable man…who was incredibly busy. His secret? In his own words, “The first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day is to have my soul happy in the Lord.” Now stop there and read that again. EVERY day his first and PRIMARY business was to get his soul happy in the Lord.
So my question is: do you know how to get your soul happy in the Lord?
I’m learning…slowly! But I’d like to take the next few posts to get you thinking.