The Eye of
It was a Wednesday afternoon. Shrouded in a dense fog, a large
steamer edged slowly forward off the coast of Newfoundland, its foghorn crying out
somber notes of warning. The captain--near exhaustion from lack of sleep--was startled by a gentle tap on
his shoulder. He fumed and found himself face-to-face with an old man in his late seventies.
The old man said, "Captain, I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec on Saturday afternoon."
The captain pondered for a moment, and then snorted, "Impossible."
"Very well," the old man responded, "if your ship can't take me, God will find some other means to take me. I have never
broken an engagement in 57 years."
Lifting his weary hands in a gesture of despair, the captain replied, "I would help if I could--but I am helpless."
Undaunted, the old man suggested, "Let's go down to the chart room and pray." The captain raised his
eyebrows in utter disbelief, looking at the old man as if he had just escaped from a lunatic asylum.
"Do you know how dense the fog is?" the captain demanded.
The old man responded, "No. My eye is not on the thickness of the fog but on the living God who controls every circumstance
of my life."
Against his better judgment, the captain accompanied the old man to the chart room and kneeled with him in prayer. With
simple words a child might use, the old man prayed, "O Lord, if it is consistent with Thy will, please remove this fog in five
minutes. Thou knowest the engagement Thou didst make for me in
Quebec on Saturday. I believe it is Thy will."
The captain, a nominal Christian at best, thought it wise to humor the old man and recite a short prayer. But before he was
able to utter a single word, he felt a tap on his shoulder. The old man requested, "Don't pray, because you do not believe; and
as I believe God has already answered, there is no need for you to pray." The captain's mouth dropped open.
Then the old man explained, "Captain, I have known my Lord for 57 years and there has never been a single day that I have
failed to gain an audience with the King. Get up, captain, and open the door, and you will find the fog is gone." The captain
did as he was requested, and was astonished to find that the fog had indeed disappeared.
The captain later testified that this encounter with the aged George Muller completely revolutionized his Christian life. He
had seen with his own eyes that Muller's God was the true and living God of the Bible. He had seen incredible power flow from
a frail old man--a power rooted in simple childlike faith in God.
The late pastor Ray Stedman once delivered a sermon in which he said, "Faith has an apparent ridiculousness about it. You are
not acting by faith if you are doing what everyone around you is doing. Faith always appears to defy the circumstances. It
constitutes a risk and a venture."
That is the kind of faith George Muller demonstrated decade after decade in
his long and fruitful life. During the final year of his earthly sojourn, he
wrote that his faith had been increasing over the years little by little, but
he emphatically insisted that there was nothing unique about him or his faith.
He believed that a life of trust was open to virtually all of God's children
if only they would endure when trials came instead of giving up
The Midi Playing is
Faith Looks Up To Thee
Words: Ray Palmer, 1830.
Music: Olivet (Mason), Lowell Mason, 1830
My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day be wholly Thine!
May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart, my zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me, O may my love to Thee,
Pure warm, and changeless be, a living fire!
While life’s dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread, be Thou my Guide;
Bid darkness turn to day, wipe sorrow’s tears away,
Nor let me ever stray from Thee aside.
When ends life’s transient dream,
When death’s cold sullen stream over me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love, fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above, a ransomed soul!
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