Today’s Scripture: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
If you have never heard of George Muller, you really should read about his life. He lived in the 19th century in England and is well known for his work starting orphanages and schools. He had a great faith that God would always provide their needs. He practiced his faith by never asking anybody for donations, only asking God to provide. Not only would he not ask for money, but he would also not take any money from the government.
He managed to provide for thousands of kids solely from unsolicited gifts. He is well known for his work with orphans, but there is another part of his life that is just as inspiring. After his wife died, he remarried. He and his new wife went on missionary trips for the next 17 years. He traveled over 200,000 miles before there were airplanes. The most incredible thing about this fete was that He didn’t start until he was 70 years old! Late in his life, he was still serving God in an incredible way.
He preached at all of the following places after he was 70 years old: England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, United States, Canada, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Asia Minor, Greece, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, Russia, Poland, India, Wales, Australia, China, Japan, the Straits of Malacca, Singapore, Penang, Colombo, Tasmania, New Zealand, and Ceylon. He travelled to many of these nations multiple times, and during his first trip to the United States, he visited the White House.
After his 70th birthday, George Muller was as “sharp as a tack.” His story ought to be an encouragement to us to keep serving God until the day we die. Don’t let old age stop your service to our King! Don’t let any physical limitation stop you from serving God. Maybe it will change how you serve God, but it should never prevent you from serving God. Keep pressing on!
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.