"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God" (Psalm 42:11)
George Muller, the great man of prayer and faith, had placed his hope and trust in God for sixty-eight years when he made the declaration that he had read considerably more than one hundred times through the whole of the Old and New Testaments, with prayer and meditation. Through faith and prayer, Mr. Muller provided and cared for 10,000 orphans, at Ashley Down, Bristol, England. He was once asked how he could manage this. He replied with great confidence, "I hope in God!"
What is hope? Webster says, "Hope is desire, accompanied by expectation." The Apostle Paul says, "Hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man seeth why doth he yet hope for?" (Romans. 8:24). George Muller said that whatever our necessities, however great our difficulties, and even though to all appearances help is impossible, it is still our business to hope in God. "There is never a time when we may not hope in God." Hope placed in men and conditions may be thwarted or disappointing, but hope placed in God will never be disappointing. God has never let one down who hopes in Him: In the Lord's own time help does come! "Oh, the hundreds, yea the thousands of times that I have found it thus within the past seventy years and four months!" testifies George Muller. "When it seemed impossible that help could come, help did come from God and His own resources may be counted by hundreds, by thousands. He is not confined to this thing or that thing, or to twenty things; in ten thousand different ways, and at ten thousand different times, God may help us.'"
"Assured hope keeps the heart young," someone said. "Life is ever at the dawn, Life is continuously at a beginning. It is always morn. Morning is the daughter of night. One cannot be discouraged, no matter how long, or hard, or wearisome the way; one keeps right on climbing:-- for he knows the path leads not only somewhere, but to the Everywhere. He knows he shall arrive."
Adapted from Lettie Cowman's Streams In The Desert (Volume Two)