I love George Muller. He is my number 1 hero, apart from Jesus. Love his life and love his trust in the Lord.
How do you think it’s best to determine God’s purposes? Muller has, perhaps, the most dead on and, frankly, the easiest thoughts on doing this.
I’ve been reading on Hudson Taylor’s life, and Muller had an influence on Taylor, so it’s been reminding me of my hero of late.
How do we go forward with plans for good? How do we determine where Father would have us in his plan? I believe you will find Muller’s counsel helpful.
So, what I’m about to give you are his words and let you have one of the best tools in the arsenal of the Christian, the ability to know and do the will of the Lord.
Without any further folly on my part, I give you Muller on “ascertaining the will of God”:
“1. I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people generally is just here. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.
2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
3. I seek the Will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.
4. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s Will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His Will to me aright.
6. Thus, through prayer to God, the study of the Word, and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. In trivial matters, and in transactions involving most important issues, I have found this method always effective.”
Is this what you do? Give this a try, and follow the Lord’s good direction for you and us together.