This post is derived from one of the most resonating chapters of God doesn’t Date and WHEN.
(both works and this submission are subject to copyright. Published here with permission).
One may find Biblical clarity by pairing it with Psalm 42.

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Heroes of the Faith surrendered–RADICALLY.   Heroes of the Faith prayed in a REVOLUTIONARY way.

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Ponder:  Love and longing—
Destitution and want—
Need—
Fear and rejection—
Joy and peace—

Close your eyes. 

Can you hear the sounds of joyful children?   Is it realistic?  Is it virtual?

The sounds of joyful wishes resonate as they ache through the heart-wrenching wails of bereaved souls.  Tear droplets poignantly resound in lonely, singular echoes as they tumble upon cold concrete floors held siege by darkness.   Tides arise.  The utterance of the formidable ocean becomes audible.  The roar of the fierce mighty deep is heeded in the distance.  The earth shakes, and without warning, the commanding, vengeful tsunami overtakes your soul.  Discarded in the aftershock, the only peace among the rumbling rubble is in the seemingly insignificant glimmer of elegant Grace piercing the heaven’s veil.

Our gracious God fashioned the embryonic soul of George Müller during the bitter chill of winter, 1805, and the age of innocence unearthed a yearning for the Almighty’s peace. Volatile storms attacked:  alcoholic blunder, gambling, and pilfering.  Imprisoned circumstance coupled with raging forces of sin and Satan’s armies smothered the purity of his childhood at the age of sixteen.  The forbidding debris of this earth’s existence crudely chiseled his hurt-hardened spirit in search of means to survive.[1]   Malice intent[2] led George to the doors of Theology at Halle University in 1825, yet later that year, within the walls of Herr Wagoner’s earthly abode, the faithful, significant Glimmer penetrated the heavenly veil and enveloped his soul through the Light of the God’s Word.  Elegant, Empowering Grace[3] calmed the tempests of this world, and Müller was forever transformed.   Having been sanctified in the Gospel of our Lord, he graduated from Halle in 1829.

The debris of the war zone ruled by the evil one is seen on the landscape of Müller’s life as he abandoned missionary work due to illness, yet the wind of God’s will prevailed[4] as the fronts collided and washed the purpose of this life into the shores of Devon, England in late 1829.  Peaceful Reconstruction.  

Twelve seasons of high and low tide passed as George served in ministry at Ebenezer Chapel, and we now clearly see the utterance of the formidable oceans were the reckless, raging fury of God’s love.[5]  As George endured the storms, we see jettison.  Jettison is a matter of focus and simplicity.  Jettison is a nautical term for “throwing cargo overboard” to stabilize and secure the vessel during the storm. 

George employs jettison. 

We observe him disregard the ways of the world through repentance and decluttering his life as he throws his sorrow, shame and treasures[6] of this world overboard.  We watch the glimmer of elegant grace come to life and feast our eyes upon the tethering of a three-strand cord to an anchor of hope secured deep in the solid Rock and Light of Christ.  The panoramic view of this masterpiece displays 1832 as an imperfection heeding the Fierce Mighty Deep.  The shadows foretell of Bristol, England and the seismic shaking of souls through Peace at Bethesda Chapel.   Sixty-six years.   Peaceful Reconstruction.

For sixty-six years, as an unpaid servant of the Lord, George Müller crafted a priceless masterpiece while an ocean of flowing tears[7] emerged from hundreds of thousands of abandoned souls forming an engorging flood of Living Water—a tsunami of compassion[8] from the Most High God.[9]   Having been cleansed by the flood,[10] His craftsmanship was refined, focused[11] and pristine.[12]  His masterpiece was—gut-honest, on your face before God—prayer.  Prayer heard and answered by a trustworthy God.  The Artist painted with the glimmer of elegant Grace as the exquisite craftsmanship of prayer allows us to admire the Masterpiece of Love through History. 

History documents submission to the Almighty, the power of prayer and the deluge of the sea bringing glorious, graceful provision. 

George Müller opened his first orphanage in 1836, and though many were served, it faced opposition in the decade that followed.  The fervent power of Living Water permeated seismic prayer, and the Lord provided a home in Ashley Down for more than two thousand fatherless souls.  During his life of service, Müller saw the tears and heard the heartache of more than ten thousand orphans, and his masterpiece stirred the hearts of many desiring to be servants of this artist’s overwhelming endeavor.  Fifty years after the first doors opened, more than 100,000 orphans were being cared for across England.  This care cost awe-inspiring sums of money, yet not one cent was borrowed, and Müller never inquired of one earthen vessel.  The Father to the fatherless moved merciless oceans of tears as storms of compassion blessed the orphanages and provided for their every need—all in an answer seismic, earth-shattering prayer.  

HIStory also accredits Müller with the establishment of many schools providing Christian education to over 120,000 children.  Still today, we see the Scriptural Knowledge Foundation etched into the landscape of this Masterpiece in 1834.   It glistens with the significant glimmer of elegant Grace, as does the priceless story of this servant’s life.   He passed the gift of orphan tears to another, and in 1875, George began traveling around the world preaching in 42 countries addressing more than three million people.   The exponential effects of the Master’s hand are seen countless times in the priceless Masterpiece of one man who practiced the art of—exquisitely crafted, gut-honest, on your face before God—prayer.   

George Müller entered the arms of Jesus on May 10, 1898.

As you experience the power of surrender and prayer in your life, may you vividly hear the joy of the Lord through the utterances of children, His peace in the echo of tears, and His love in the rising tide and raging fury of the oceans.  May the Fierce Mighty Deep overtake your shaken soul, and may you forever see the significant glimmer of elegant Grace piercing the heavens as it comes to this earth to maintaining the established Victory[13] over darkness[14] and ending the cold siege of sin and death. 

Isaiah 43:1-3 – But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, and He who formed you, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!  “WHEN you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. WHEN you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. “For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

Philippians 4:19 – And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Poetic?  Yes. 

Different?  Yes?

Contrary to the world?  Yes.

Yes, but that is how Radical, Revolutionary Surrender works.  It operates in contradiction and stunning, beautiful revelation. It works like a tidal wave, overtaking you to a place where you are never the same.   

Müller allowed God to work in His life.  He permitted the tidal wave of Surrender to engulf His mind as he washed away the world and put on the heart of God.[15]  Eventually, he began to think radically or dare I say Biblically, as should we. 

Just like George, we live in a war-torn world, and there is only one sure, permanent Victory[16]—Radical, Revolutionary Surrender to the Word and will of our Sovereign[17] God.[18]  Our surrender must be radical because the message of Christ Jesus was radical and unambiguous.  His victory[19] and message prevail and remain unchanged.  By taking on the radical message of Christ and wearing the Armour of God, we establish our perimeter in His message[20] and guard[21] in Victorious Grace.

It might offend your deeply held convictions, but even those must bow to the Word of God. 

It works. 

It is :: Radical, Revolutionary Surrender.

 

Scripture References :: 

[1] I Peter 5:10 – In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
[2] Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)
[3] I Corinthians 4:20 – For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. (NLT)
[4] Psalm 10:25 – When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
[5] Ephesians 3:18-9 – And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
[6] Matthew 6:20-1 – But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
[7] Psalm 56:8 – You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in your book. (NLT)
[8] Philippians 1:9 – And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment.
[9] Zechariah 14:9 – And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one.
[10] Isaiah 43:1-2 – But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.
[11] II Corinthians 4:17-8 – For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
[12] Philippians 3:14 – I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
[13] Colossians 2:8-15 – See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.  For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.
[14] Colossians 1:13-4 – For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 
[15] Colossians 3:12-3 – Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.   Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
[16] John 12:30-1 – Jesus answered and said, “This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.  Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”
[17] Genesis 14:19-20 – He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”
[18] Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
[19] Colossians 2:8-15 – See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.  For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.  When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.
[20] Luke 11:21-3 – When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed.  But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder.  He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.
[21] Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Tamar Sloane

Tamar Sloane

Isaiah 43:1-3 But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, … … He who formed you, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior. …”