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Pierson notes that Muller’s journal is titled, “The Lord’s Dealings with George Muller”. He explains that Christianity ministry – even of the most eminent apostles – was always a question of the The Lord did the man for other men and women — not a matter of what Peter or Paul did alone. True Christianity ministry must be a matter of God working in us, through us, upon us — but never a matter of us working independently of The Lord. Indeed a life of faith must be a life of dependence; the minister is only an instrument of the Lord’s work:

The meaning of such repeated phraseology cannot be mistaken. God is here presented as the one agent or actor, and even the most conspicuous apostles, like Paul and Peter, as only His instruments. No twenty verses in the word of God contain more emphatic and repeated lessons on man’s insufficiency and nothingness, and God’s all-sufficiency and almightiness. It was God that wrought upon man through man. It was He who chose Peter to be His mouthpiece, He whose key unlocked shut doors, He who visited the nations, who turned sinners into saints, who was even then taking out a people for His name, purifying hearts and bearing them witness; it was He and He alone who did all these wondrous things, and according to His knowledge and plan of what He would do, from the beginning. We are not reading so much the Acts of the Apostles as the acts of God through the apostles. Was it not this very passage in this inspired book that suggested, perhaps, the name of this journal: “The Lord’s dealings with George Miiller”?

Excerpt From: Arthur Tappan Pierson. “George Müller of Bristol.”

All of our work must be a work of faith — and faith is a matter of dependence.