George was not happy with the way some churches in his area were supporting themselves. Some were renting pews to the wealthy and asking non-believers for money. George thought this was wrong. He felt the church should trust in God to supply its needs without having to ask the world for help, because he believed his heavenly Father could be trusted to support His people and His work.
So in 1830, for the benefit of believers and unbelievers, George started an experiment in faith. He gave up his pastoral salary, sold all he possessed, and trusted in God alone for his support. He made it a point never to tell anyone else of his needs, because he believed that God would honor his trust by supplying everything he needed.
To document God’s faithfulness, George kept a diary. In it he recorded his needs and prayers . For almost seventy years George Müller lived this experiment, and God honored his faith, supplying not only his basic necessities but enough to run a Bible school and a large orphanage for over 2000 children 1. The example George set influenced many of these children to become men and women of faith themselves, and even such outsiders as Hudson Taylor, Charles Spurgeon and D. L. Moody were greatly influenced by his example.
By his own admission, George was not a great man of faith, but he was a man who trusted in a Great and Faithful God. His experiment was not to show what great faith can accomplish, but to show what God can accomplish when we trust in Him. By trusting completely in his heavenly Father to supply his most basic needs, George Müller’s life was used to reveal something of God’s character: His love, His power, His faithfulness, in a word: His glory.
This was George’s lifelong quest – to show God’s glory to the world. It should be ours also, in everything we do.