I am struck by the incredible testimony of George Muller. This man claimed not to have the “gift of faith” but instead operated his Christian life according to what he calls the “grace of faith” or “faith principle”. What is the difference between the two? He adequately explains saying “For instance, the gift of faith would be needed, to believe that a sick person should be restored again though there is no human probability: for there is no promise to that effect; the grace of faith is needed to believe that the Lord will give me the necessaries of life, if I first seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness: for there is a promise to that effect.” Why did he describe his faith so humbly? For two reasons:
- He wanted to be an example of the sovereignty of God and His ability to meet our needs.
- He meant for the world to see that God keeps the promises of Scripture for those who trust him.
It is our privilege to know God but our duty to trust His promises. The “faith principle” is not for the spiritually elite or giants of the faith but a principle by which every child of God can live. It is a choice though. Today I made the choice to trust in God and His Word knowing that He cannot lie and that He withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly in Him.
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!” (Psalm 84:11-12)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I have based this devotional on an excellent article written by John Piper. You will be blessed by its message.