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Educated But Empty

When George Müller, the founder of the famous orphanage at Bristol, England, addressed a group of university students, he gave this personal testimony…“I too have been a university student. I’ve read all the Latin and Greek classics. I can speak Latin and Greek; I can converse in nearly all European languages; I can read Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, and the Oriental tongues. I’ve studied mathematics, philosophy, and chemistry. I am a graduate of the University of Halle.

There were 1,200 students in the university when I was there, and, for the most part, they were a wild, swearing, beer-drinking set. I was ringleader among them in their mad pranks. At that time, there were but eight Christian students in the whole 1,200. We who were not Christians made it hard for them, but they were brave, manly fellows and had a weekly prayer meeting.

Along toward the close of my university course, something seemed to go wrong with me. I was not sick, and I had had no misfortune, but I was unhappy. “What’s the matter with you, George?” I asked myself. “You are not studying hard enough,” I decided. I studied harder than ever, but still I was not happy. I then sought society, but my unhappiness continued. I then thought, “Why, George, are you going crazy?” You need new scenery and association. So I hiked down into Switzerland, where I expected surely to drop my burden, but I did not.

I grew frightened and hurried back to Halle and took up my studies again. But my burden grew heavier and heavier. At last, I remembered the eight Christians and their prayer meeting. I sought one of them whom I knew. “Carl,” I asked, “Do you have a prayer meeting?” “Yes.” “Where do you hold it?” “I shall not tell you.” “Why not?” “You know very well, George, you only wish to mock and scoff.” “Upon my word, Carl, I do not.” When I finally convinced him that I was in earnest, he told me the place of meeting. I was promptly on hand at the hour. A chapter in the Bible was read, a few prayers were offered, some remarks made, and the meeting was over. But I detained the young men and told them my case.

“I do not know if it is what you have that I need,” I said, “but tell me what it is.” One and another told me of Christ. They prayed with me, and I prayed for myself. At last I saw Christ as my Saviour as I called upon Him and trusted Him. As I gave myself to Him, the burden rolled from off me, and a great love for Christ filled my soul. That was more than fifty years ago. I loved Jesus Christ then, but I loved Him more the year after, and more every year since. How much I love Him now, I could not begin to tell you. Jesus Christ is my great and glorious and adorable God and Saviour, whose love fills my soul.” – Reprint from Sword of the Lord

The Ministry of George Müller … “Among the greatest monuments of what can be accomplished through simple faith in God are the great orphanages covering thirteen acres of ground on Ashley Downs, Bristol, England. When God put it into the heart of George Müller to build these orphanages, he had only two shillings (50 cents) in his pocket. He did not make his wants known to anyone but God. He received over a million, four hundred thousand pounds ($7,000,000) that were sent to him for the building and maintaining of these orphan homes. Near the time of Müller’s death, there were five immense buildings of solid granite, capable of accommodating two thousand orphans. In all the years since the first orphans arrived, the Lord had sent food in due time, so that they never missed a meal for want of food.” God filled his empty soul with peace. There is no substitute for the peace of an Almighty God.

George Müller learned that only God can fill the emptiness placed within every person. “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalm 107:9).

Are You Empty as George Müller? – You can also be filled!  As George Müller, you can also receive Christ as your Saviour.

Yes, I want to be saved and know that I can go to Heaven. Pray: “Dear God, I know I have sinned. I believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive my sin. I believe He rose from the grave and is alive in Heaven to save me and give me eternal life. I now repent (turn from my sin) and accept Christ as my Lord and Savior.”  If you have prayed this prayer, please contact Silent Word Ministries.

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