Faith and Responsibility and the National Debt

George Muller is a missionary who started an orphanage in England which impacted the lives of over 10,000 orphans. He is a hero of mine. I read his biography a few years back but had no idea how much he’d influence me.

He did his work under the denominational backing of the Plymouth Brethren. Because of this relationship, George was unable to ask for funds, but was encouraged to pray for all that he needed. George did not ask for money and George did pray. There are countless stories of how God met the needs of his orphanages and personally that emulate faith and belief in the one who sent him. One story in particular sticks out to me. One evening there was no food to feed the children, staff or his family for dinner. He had the table set for dinner, invited the children to come to dinner and he and the staff went to a back room and hit the floor in prayer. They prayed that God would provide dinner for the children and believed that they would be heard and their prayer would be answered. As they prayed a man showed up at the door of the kitchen. His milk truck had broken down in front of the house and he wondered if they were in need of food, for the contents of his truck would go to waste if he did not find someone who could use it’s contents.

When I read that story I am reminded of the Israelites and their wondering in the desert and God showing up providing what they need daily. The Israelites were not to save any manna or quail for the next day. They were to daily trust that the same God who provided yesterday will do the same each day. George Muller lived his life in such a way that showed he trusted God’s daily, hourly provision.

We are in a debt crisis in this country and honestly it is about more than the monstrous national debt.  Individuals live their lives on money they do not posses to meet needs or wishes that they don’t believe would be provided for in other ways than a credit card. Where George Muller and the Israelites lived on faith, we have built a new norm. A norm called “security.” We can be secure that our needs will be met because we can put them on credit. Credit has become a new god of security and it is not surprisingly failing us.

Was it faithful of George Muller to keep from hiring a director of development or was it irresponsible? Was it faithful of the Israelites to not save? There is a fine line between responsibility and faith.  I don’t know that I always walk that line well. But I’m doing my best to be obedient in the journey.

What do you think? How does faith play itself out in your finances? How are faith and untrue gods a part of this national debt crisis? Is security in things a driving point for your personal security?

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