A number of years ago, reading stories about George Müller, got me thinking about the term “radical faith”. In case some of you don’t know who he was, this man lived during the early 1800’s in Europe and spent much of his life helping orphans. The main thrust of his life and ministry was his absolute conviction, first, to never take a salary for his ministry and second, to never tell his needs to another human.
George Müller lived his life growing in trust in the faithfulness of God to supply ALL his needs.
Now to some today, he would not look radical, he would look ridiculous! But God desires such ridiculousness from His children (after all, He calls us a peculiar people!) One example from his life of faith was when George had the children pray at the table and thank God for the food when there was NOTHING on the table or in the orphanage to eat. Immediately someone knocked on the door saying they were driving a bread truck that had broken down out front and could they take the bread so it wouldn’t spoil! God provided AFTER they thanked Him in faith for His provision.
His faith was set solely on trusting God for everything he needed in his life. It really makes us stop and examine our own lives.
- Are we radical in our faith?
- Are we willing to look ridiculous to everyone else around us and place our entire faith in God?
- Or do we rather play it “safe” and not attempt to walk out on a branch that MIGHT break, clinging to the trunk for security?
Someone once told me that faith was walking so far out on the branch that if it broke the only thing we could trust in was God catching us.
What about our faith?
As I examine my own life and,unfortunately I find myself greatly lacking. In my flesh I want to live a “safe” life. I want to have the comforts that I think provide me with security. But I have to ask myself:
“Would I be willing to give it all up…to sell every possession I have if God called me to so that I can follow Him with a whole heart and in total surrender?”
That is my desire. I pray that the Lord would teach me more fully how to walk that radical faith in my everyday, sometimes mundane, life. It doesn’t necessarily mean I have to “sell it all” (although He may call a few of us to that place), but it does mean I have to live looking to God alone for my security. My hope cannot be in a paycheck for security (in these times, no job is really secure) or in money in the bank or in the nice possessions I might have.
My faith must be in God alone to hold, sustain, provide and protect.
How about you? Where is your faith? Have you ever examined your faith to see if it could be characterized as “radical”? Maybe it’s time.
Here is my plan for my supper meals this coming week in my Menu Planning Monday. Please feel free to download my FREE, fully editable, Month at a Glance menu planner, my Weekly Menu Planner and my new Snacks planner.
Monday: cheeseburger pie (S)
Tuesday: chicken fajitas w/low carb tortillas or Lavash bread (S)
Wednesday: omlettes (S)
Thursday: broiled fish w/brown rice & green beans (E)
Friday: pizza on Joseph’s pita/lavash bread (S)
Saturday: banana crepes (E in the cookbook)
Sunday: virus killing chicken soup (FP because I’m not putting peas in)