NOTE: George Muller of Bristol [England] (1805-1898), was a Christian evangelist, writer and founder of a number of orphanages and schools. He is said to have helped more than 10,000 orphans in these orphanages,and the 117 schools he founded taught 120,000 children from a Christian standpoint.
He was noted as a man of faith and believed God was more than able to meet any need that might rise in His service or in the life of a faithful Christian. He would not and did not ever tell anyone if there were a need in any of the ministries. He is sometime faulted by modern preachers who see nothing wrong with this practice, but he saw wonderful answers to prayer throughout his life – sharp trials as well, to be sure, but the answers were all the more wonderful.
The following is what he had to say about getting things done:
“The first three years after conversion I neglected the Word of God. Since I began to search it diligently, the blessing has been wonderful. I have read the Bible one hundred times and always with increasing delight. I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God. Friends often say, ‘I have so much to do, so many people to see, I cannot find time for Scripture study.’
“Perhaps there are not many who have more to do than I do. For more than half a century I have never known one day when I had not more business than I could get through. For 40 years I have had annually about 30,000 letters, and most of these have passed through my own hands. I have nine assistants always at work corresponding in German, French, English, Danish, Italian, Russian and other languages.
“Then, as pastor of a church with 1,200 believers, great has been my care. Besides, I have had charge of five immense orphanages; also, at my publishing depot, the printing and circulation of millions of tracts, books and Bibles. But I have always made it a rule never to begin work till I have had a good season with God. The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Word in our life and thoughts.”