My heart has been riveted by the examples of godly men who take God at his word. Abraham in Genesis 15:5-6 is staring down the bleak hallway of being in his eighties without children, and God says “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them…. So shall your offspring be.” And the text says, “Abraham believed the Lord and it was counted to him as righteousness.” He didn’t know the how; he didn’t know the when; he didn’t know the why; but he knew the who and that was God. God spoke and Abraham believed.
George Mueller also took God at his word. After seeing God answer prayers for thousands of orphans helped and at least 70 million dollars raised, his wife was diagnosed with rheumatic fever. After she died Mueller tells of his prayers prior to her death. He says:
The last portion of scripture which I read to my precious wife was this: “The Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord will give grace and glory, no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Now, if we have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have received grace, we are partakers of grace, and to all such he will give glory also. I said to myself, with regard to the latter part, “no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly”—I am in myself a poor worthless sinner, but I have been saved by the blood of Christ; and I do not live in sin, I walk uprightly before God. Therefore, if it is really good for me, my darling wife will be raised up again; sick as she is. God will restore her again. But if she is not restored again, then it would not be a good thing for me. And so my heart was at rest. I was satisfied with God. And all this springs, as I have often said before, from taking God at his word, believing what he says. (Mueller vol 2; p745)
May we learn and be given faith to trust God in everything and for everything. May we take Him at His word.