Not many men understood faith and trust in the Lord as George Muller. Not many were used so greatly to influence so many lives. Few have faced uncertainty with such confidence in the sovereign goodness of God as this 19th century man of faith. This is what he says about seeking God's will for one's life:
1. I seek to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in a given matter. When we are ready to do the Lord's will—whatever it may be—nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome.
2. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If I do so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
3. I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, God's Word. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Spirit guides us, He will do it according to the Scriptures, never contrary to them.
4. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God's will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
5. I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me.
6. Thus, through prayer, the study of the Word and reflection, I come to a deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge. If my mind is thus at peace and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly. I have found this method always effective in trivial or important issues.
Wherever this post finds you today...in the wake of great clarity or in the mire of confusion and uncertainty...be encouraged. The Lord is near. The great testimony of faithful ones that have gone before is sure: The Lord gives, the Lord takes away; the Lord calls and the Lord provides for what He call us to. However great or small your task of discernement, His will for you is knowable. Wait for it in faith.