Pray On...Keep Believing
“You need to keep on patiently doing God's will if you want Him to do for you all that He has promised”.
According to David Wilkerson of “World Challenge, Inc.”, the term “sermon tasters” is almost 200 years old and originated in London during the 1800;s. It was a popular amusement among the rich Londoners to get into their carriages and race across London from one church to another, sampling the preaching of these ministers. Each Monday in Parliament exclusive meetings were held to discuss which preacher delivered the best sermon and who brought forth the deepest revelation.
Those particular people were labeled “sermon tasters”. They wanted to lay claim to some new spiritual truth or revelation, however it did not seem to be a faith building experience.
How many times do God's people find themselves rushing around and not stopping to read and meditate on God's Word; His beauty; or stop to thank Him for His blessings? With good intentions they may open their Bible but they find themselves somehow distracted, and they quickly run off to the next scheduled event. Often they wind up asking themselves, how much faith do I really have? It takes personal discipline to spend time with God and to learn from Him. Would you possibly describe those people as God-tasters?
Johann Georg Ferdinand Muller was not a God-taster. He was a Christian evangelist and Director of the Ashley Down Orphanage. He was born in 1805 in Kroppenstaedt, Kingdom of Prussia (now Kroppenstedt, Germany). In 1836 he and his wife lived in Bristol, England and they opened their rented home to 30 orphan girls. Eventually he built the Ashley Down Orphanage which could house 2,050 orphan girls and boys. Muller never made requests for financial support, nor did he go into debt.
Many times Muller received unsolicited food donations only hours before they were needed to feed the children. On one occasion, one morning the children were sitting at the table and giving thanks for their breakfast even though there was nothing to eat in the house. As they finished praying, the baker knocked on the door with sufficient fresh bread to feed everyone; and the milkman gave them plenty of fresh milk because his cart broke down in front of the orphanage. (Wikipedia)
Muller stated: “I hope in God, I pray on, and look yet for the answer. They are not converted yet, but they will be”. It has been written, “Faith is to believe what we do not see--its reward is to see what we believe”.
The London wealthy society scurried from church to church listening to the sermons, however they were not taking the teachings seriously enough to apply them to their life in order to deepen their faith (sermon-tasters). In society today, many of God's people often scurry around to get to the next scheduled engagement, and therefore the Lord can easily be temporarily placed on the back-burner (God-tasters).
Do you follow the example of George Muller by having the confident trust in God where you are giving thanks for something that you are hoping for, but has not come into fruition? Faith that triumphs is asking and believing!
Lord God, thank You for Your patience. Help us to become more disciplined in our spiritual life. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington