Monday, March 1, 2010

First Things First - Part 2

Last week I started a three-part series about our need to be happy in the Lord each day, specifically as addressed by George Mueller in his autobiography.

In Part 1 of this series, I introduced the struggles Mueller had had in the past and the great benefit he received from the "new" method God taught him.

In this post, I want to share a little more of Mueller's thoughts on making our souls happy in the Lord.
I saw more clearly that ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man may be nourished. For I might seek to set the truth before the unconverted, I might seek to benefit believers, I might seek to relieve the distressed, I might in other ways seek to behave myself at it becomes a child of God in this world; and yet, not be happy in the Lord, and not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, all this might not be attended to in right spirit.... I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation on it.

... It often now astonishes me that I did not sooner see this. In no book did I ever read about it. No public ministry ever brought the matter before me. No private intercourse with a brother stirred me up to this matter. And yet now, since God has taught me this point, it is as plain to me as anything, that the first thing the child of God has to do morning by morning is to obtain food for his inner man.
This seemed like an incredibly selfish way to approach my prayer time, instead of praying for my family, friends and the church. But I am beginning to realize that I must first feed myself before I have the strength to feed and care for my family, and to serve the Lord. I, too, have found that when I am not nourished, all the responsibilities of the day are many times not accomplished "the right spirit."

What do you think about this focus? Do you seek to assure that your soul is "happy in the Lord" each morning before turning to the tasks of the day?

Stay tuned for part three in this series, when we will look more at Mueller's method of prayer and meditation on scripture.
All quotes are from George Mueller's  autobiography.
All bold formatting was added by me for emphasis. The italics are original to Mueller's autobiography.


  1. I'd feel like a hypocrite f I agreed b/c I don't practice, I'll stick with love the header!

  2. I know the feeling. I posted this because it challenged me, not because this is my practice. And as a mom, I'm not convinced that it has to be (or even can be consistently) first thing in the morning. Thanks for taking time to comment.


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