Charles Spurgeon, the famous evangelist, and George Mueller, the thief-turned-Christian who founded and directed five orphanages, both lived in 19th-century England. Once Spurgeon worked hard to collect 300 pounds in donations—a lot of money in those days—that was urgently needed by the orphanage he supported. When he had gotten the last of the money, he went to bed that night a contented man.
But before he could go to sleep, the Lord said to him, “Give those 300 pounds to George Mueller, for his orphanages in Bristol.”
“But Lord,” Spurgeon protested, “I need that money for my dear orphans in London.”
Again he heard, “Give those 300 pounds to George Mueller!”
Spurgeon finally agreed, and went to sleep.
The next morning he made his way to George Mueller’s home, and found him praying. “George, God told me to give you these 300 pounds,” he said.
“I have just been asking the Lord for that exact amount!” Mueller exclaimed.
When Spurgeon returned to London, he found a letter on his desk. It contained 300 guineas (each worth one pound and one shilling). “The Lord has returned my 300 pounds,” he shouted out for joy, “and with 300 shillings interest!”
Virginia Brandt Berg once told how the Lord used the verse Psalm 46:10—“Be still and know that I am God”—to save the day and demonstrate His ability to give her specific, immediate guidance as she listened to Him in prayer. There was an emergency, and she needed to find someone who had recently moved, whose new address she didn’t have.
“Every part of my being seemed to throb with anxiety because that person had to be reached, and reached at once!” she later recalled. “Suddenly a paraphrase of Scripture came to me. ‘Just be still, get quiet, and know that I am God.’ So I sat down and quietly asked to the Lord to do something to avert disaster, and the Lord spoke to my heart. ‘Just write a note and take it to the apartment where they lived before. Maybe they will have some reason to go back there.’
“So I wrote the note and went over to the apartment to deliver it. Just as I arrived, note in hand, up drove the very person I had wanted to reach but couldn’t!”
Olga Kristensen spent forty years in China as a missionary. One night toward the end of her stay, she and her co-workers received news that a gang of bandits was heading toward their mission station, burning, killing and pillaging. Before long, they heard shots being fired at the end of their street. Ms. Kristensen later recounted that night:
“I went into my room and asked God for a word to calm me and the others, and a passage I had often read before came to me: ‘When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught’ (Proverbs 3:24-26).
“I shared that message with the others there and told them to go get some rest. Then I went off to bed myself and slept soundly.
“The next morning, bodies lay in the street outside our premises. There had been fighting and murder, but no one had so much as knocked on our door.”
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