Today's Bible Verse...

Regarding the Disregarded

Harshly treated, Hagar flees from her mistress, Sarai. Yet, the LORD still has concern for Hagar, as He does for all peoples -- from the unborn to the aged. (Read Genesis 16:6-16.)

The Angel of the LORD finds Hagar in the wilderness near a spring of water that is on the way to Shur, and refreshes her with a promise.

"Where have you come from Hagar, and where are you going?" the Angel asks.

Hagar answers the Angel, "I'm running away from my mistress because she has treated me unfairly."

But, the Angel of the LORD tells her, "Go back, and submit to your mistress. I will so increase you that you will not be able to count them."

Seeing the One who sees her, Hagar returns to Sarai. She bears Abram a son, who names him "Ishmael" -- meaning God hears.

Moving through time, to the New Testament era, we see Jesus, the Christ (Messiah) -- the eternal King, as presented in Matthew's account of Jesus' life.

From the Mount of Olives Jesus speaks, "When the Son of Man comes in His glory ... He will sit on His throne. All nations [peoples] will be gathered before Him. He will then separate them one from another" (Read Matthew 9:36; 25:31-46) -- his obedient followers from pretenders and unbelievers*.

Continuing, Jesus recites a parable, "Then the King said, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me food; thirsty, and you gave Me drink; a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; sick, and you visited Me; in prison, and you came to Me.'"

The righteous then asked, "When did we see You in need such as this, and attended to You?'

"As much as you did it for the least of these," the King answered, "You did it to Me.

"Not so the unrighteous. They are sent into the eternal fire, which has been prepared for the devil and his angels."

We now travel to the 1800s and meet George Muller, a man of extra-ordinary faith and prayer. Seeing the need as God sees, Muller is on his knees, asking the eternal King for funds to build orphanages. With only two shillings (50 cents) in his pocket how is that possible, perhaps is his thought. Yet, convicted not to ask mankind for anything, he sees God provide over a million, four hundred thousand pounds ($7,000,000) for the building and maintaining of those orphan homes.

In all the years, the Lord continued to feed the orphans who were housed there. They never missed a meal.

Covering 13 acres on Ashley Down, in Bristol, England, those orphanages – five buildings capable of housing 2000 orphans -- stand today as monuments to this man of faith.

God continues His search today for other "George Mullers," who see as God sees, and are moved

with compassion for the need of the peoples of the world--
that they might realize their eternal inheritance in the Kingdom.

*From the Life Application Study Bible on Matthew 25:31-46)

1 comment:

  1. If I remember correctly, although George Mueller cared for children, his main motivation for building the orphanages was to prove (show the Church and the world) the faithfulness of God who does big, majestic things.
    His zeal to trust and prove his God is just awesome.