Your Unhealthy Love-Hate Relationship with Technology

When was the last time you got yourself stuck scrolling through Tiktok, binge-watching YouTube, or trying to beat the next level in your favourite game; only to be frustrated with the guilt of wasting your time away, and then distracting that guilt away by swiping up, letting the auto-play roll on or clicking ‘try again’? You get stuck in this endless and unbreakable loop. After your preplanned 10 minutes of “relaxing” ends one-hour overtime, you hate yourself and you’ve lost your rigour and peace for the rest of the day. 

Let’s be real. Our relationship with technology is a big issue. And we know it. I don’t even need to spill all the stats because we can experience it ourselves in our daily lives. We love it for all the benefits and ease it provides in our complex lives but we hate it at the same time. Too much social media, games and entertainment:

  • Causes us to procrastinate and fall behind with our responsibilities,
  • Divides our attention, leaving our brains unable to focus longer than 5 minutes,
  • Leaves us anxious, unrestful, tired, stressed, depressed, and all in all, less happy,
  • Intoxicates our brains with useless or even sinful knowledge,
  • Influences us unconsciously with sinful and worldly habits and thoughts,
  • And ultimately, suffocates us from living healthy spiritual lives. 

Let’s face two big problems with our technology craze.

1. More Information, Less Wisdom

“Our world has more and more information, but less and less wisdom,” says Brett McCracken.1 With so much information-noise constantly bombarding us 24/7 when we wake up, before we sleep, on the bus to school, on the toilet, in between classes, basically at every spare second, we’ve drowned out the voices of wisdom in our lives. 

No wonder our lives are a mess. We learn more about dancing cats than we do about Christ. We’re more prone to believe the cultural message of trending influencers than the undying truths of Scripture. It’s not to say that there aren’t any good voices online. There are plenty and listening to them is one of many good uses of the internet. 

But the problem is where our focus—our attention—lies. Whose words and stories and messages do we think about over and over in our heads? Is it not that funny reel, or latest Netflix blockbuster, or viral tweet? 

Where has meditating God’s Word “day and night” gone in our instantaneous, and never-ending crave for trivial information? Where has “praying without ceasing” gone? God calls us to think over His words, meditate on them, and pray them back in conversation with Him throughout our day—throughout those spare moments. Is it not ironic that we’re meditating on the nonsense of the world “day and night”?

2. Competing Spectacles

What’s ruining us is not only the constant battle for our minds and thoughts, but also our hearts and affection. We were created to behold glorious and wondrous things. That’s why all the eye-grabbing spectacles of the internet world vie for our attention. 

In his book, Competing Spectacles, Tony Reinke says, “Spectacles compete with God for our attention”.2 Christ crucified should be the most glorious thing we look at. It should be the focus of our heart, attention and affection. William Prynne, a 17th century lawyer once wrote, “Let Christ Jesus be your all in all, your only solace, your only spectacle, and joy on earth”.3 

Does that mean we should throw out all our YouTube and TikTok and Netflix and replace it with Scripture reading? Not quite. Becoming monks won’t help us live in this world to be a witness to this world. On the other extreme, are we free to surf the web as liberally as we want in the name of culturising ourselves for the sake of evangelisation? Not quite either. 

Treasures of our Hearts

The root question is this, “what is the treasure of our heart?”

Psalm 119:33-40 can illuminate this for us. We hear the psalmist’s true treasure in verses 35 and 40. “Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.” “Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!” Our true treasure and delight should be God and his word. If that’s the focus, then we can say “turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways” (vv. 36). That doesn’t mean we scrap all our technology away, but we are able to filter what is worth it and worthless, giving our heart only to those things that are ultimately worth it, life in God’s ways. 

A real test for our hearts is this. Are we bored with Christ? Does God’s word not stir our hearts, straighten our paths, and cause us to bend our knees in worship and service of Him? Reinke writes:

“In sum, all my concerns are dwarfed by this one: boredom with Christ. In the digital age, monotony with Christ is the chief warning signal to alert us that the spectacles of this world are suffocating our hearts from the supreme Spectacle of the universe.”4

If we are finding ourselves constantly drawn and fixated to our phones, then maybe we’ve got a deeper heart issue. A.W. Tozer warned us decades ago, before our iGen tech-crazy era, about this very issue. 

“Many are brainwashed from nine o’clock in the morning or earlier until the last eyelid flutters shut at night because of the power of suggestion. These people are uncommitted. They go through life uncommitted, not sure in which direction they are going.”5

Could this be us, going through life with no idea of where we are going, glued and dependent on the next worthless spectacle to entertain our eye? Do you really want to live the rest of your life zombified in this way? 

It’s time to be real. Let’s face our real struggles. Let’s get our souls checked up. Let’s redeem our relationship with technology for our spiritual good and God’s glory! 

Footnotes

 1 Brett McCracken, The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World (Wheaton: Crossway, 2021), 1.

2Tony Reinke, Competing Spectacles: Treasing Christ in the Media Age (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 45.

3William Prynne, Histrio-mastix The players scourge, or, actors tragædie (London, 1633), 133.

4Reinke, Competing Spectacles, 87.

5A.W. Tozer, The Wisdom of God, ed. James L. Snyder (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1986), 147.

This article is the first in the BeREal: Gen Z’s 7 Greatest Struggles series. Has this article been an eye-opener for you? Our inaugural RE Gen-Z Convention with this theme is coming soon on the 11-14th of April 2023. Learn more and register here

Hans Sangtoki (18) is the coordinator of RE Generation Z. He has a passion for serving his generation and sharing hope in Christ. He also has an interest in classical music and dreams of conducting an orchestra one day.

Episode 5: God’s Attributes

Episode 5: God's Attributes

With all that’s been said, if we want to know God, we can do so by studying what the Bible reveals about who God is, God’s character and attributes.

Maybe you’ve heard people say God is love. And because of that your idea of God is that he would forgive unconditionally without any consequences.

Yes, God is love. It says that in 1 John 4:8. But love is only a facet of God’s nature. He is also righteous and just, for example. God can’t just forgive us unconditionally. We can be saved because God punished Jesus on the cross instead of punishing us. God’s holy wrath had to be fulfilled. God cannot be unjust.

Our God is both just and loving. He is both. Therefore we can trust that He will deal with the evil and the righteous according to justice. But He also loves and offers mercy to sinners who are without hope.

Growing in God’s Attributes

God is one nature, one divine being. Deuteronomy 6:4 says, “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one LORD”. But God has different characteristics, we call them attributes. They are like many sparkling facets to one diamond. By observing each angle of God’s being closely, in detail, we can start to admire who God is, and grow in our awe, reverence, and worship of Him who is beyond our comprehension, whose ways are of an infinite wisdom, who is deserving of our praise and submission always forever and ever.

By learning about God’s attributes, about who God is, we also learn about how God designed and intended us to live. We were created as the image of God. We were created to reflect His divine nature in our lives and shine forth the glory of His nature to all those around us. In our new lives as Christians, God is changing us from people with sinful and God-dishonouring attributes and inclinations, to having divine and God-honouring attributes mirrored in our lives.

The more we think about, ponder, and meditate on who God’s attributes, His Word will transform us, sowing together our new hearts that are able to enjoy and glorify Him!

Thomas Watson, a puritan once said, “Meditate on God’s attributes. The attributes of God are the various beams by which the divine nature shines forth to us”.

A brief snapshot of God’s Attributes

If there’s one place to go to grasp a quick snapshot of God’s attributes, it would have to be Psalm 145. Go and read it for yourself! We learn that God is great, He is full of majesty, wondrous works and awesome and mighty deeds. We see how God is a sovereign king over an everlasting kingdom. We learn how He is “righteous in all His ways”. But on the other hand, we get to know that God is “gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. [He] is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.” We learn that God is “faithful in all His words and kind in all His works”. We learn He cares for the fallen and suffering, drawing near to all who call on Him in truth. He hears the cries of those who fear Him and saves them.

This is our God! The more we get to know Him, the more we will humbly realise how much we don’t know, how great our God is, and how we cannot do anything in response but bow down and worship Him.

“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalm 145:1-3)

Another Year, Another Opportunity

As the sunny holidays draw to a close, and the endless stream of Youtube videos fades like a dream to the buzzing of the school bell, there’s a variety of emotions in the air. 

For many, the impending start of school is met with a heavy heart and an even heavier school bag. On the flip side, others are feeling excited; eager for the new opportunities and experiences that a new school year promises. 

Whatever you’re feeling, there’s no denying that this year has much in store for each and every one of us. What will each future hour be filled with? Each minute, or second even?

Stressful exam prep?

Fun times with friends? 

Arguments with parents? 

More social media scrolling?

But before we embark onto whatever the future has in store for us, there’s something many of us might do. 

New Year, New Goals

Making goals has always made its recurring presence all throughout my schooling life, and even outside of it. Whether its the lofty goals of a future career or dream uni, or the everyday struggling will to achieve the tasks I’ve set for the day, this seemingly simple art is definitely much harder to do than write. Even in school, I’ve repeatedly been provided a whole list of guidelines and suggestions to aid in crafting a ‘personal best’ goal for the year. 

But why exactly do we make goals in the first place? 

If you search this question up, there’ll be pages and pages of different articles and websites attempting to answer the question (believe me, I tried). Most (if not all) make valid points; setting goals gives surges of motivation, keeps us accountable, and puts us on that road to success. 

But what I’ve found in my own goal-making processes, is that the goals we make (as long as we make them of our own volition) reflect what we prioritise. 

What we value. 

What’s important to us. 

What matters

As someone who favours my English class over all others, it makes sense that I allocate majority of my time on studying and advancing my skills in that subject. If an exam for a certain subject is coming up soon, such as Math, it makes sense that I’ll prioritise studying Math over, let’s say, Geography. 

Whatever it is that we consider important, even if it’s just for that moment, it’s going to be what drives our decision to make a certain goal. 

So, as Christians, what do we consider important?

Our Heart’s Treasure

If you’ve grown up in a Christian household, I’m sure you’ll likely have heard this verse before. 

“..Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

It’s pretty well-known, and it certainly seems straightforward. It makes sense that someone who loves, say money, would find their (certainly temporary) happiness and hopes on the amount of green bills stuffed into their bank account. 

But, if we are God’s children, who else can our treasure be? God is the sole owner of that throne in our heart. It’s God who matters in our life – His presence is our source of joy (why else do we sing ‘Joy to the World’ as we celebrate His first coming every December?) , and we know that we can find our hope and strength in Him (Isaiah 40:31). 

And if God is our treasure, then there our heart should be. 

And not only our heart either. We’re called to “‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Mattew 22:7). That means giving all of us – no reservations and keeping back. 

Just like how the classic hymn goes, 

“Let me burn out for Thee dear Lord,

Burn and wear out for Thee.”

A Worthy Goal 

If God truly becomes what is most important in our lives, it’s then (and only then) that His calling will become our goal. He has set work for us in this world that’s still full of darkness, no matter how bright and shiny sin and suffering may seem from the outside. 

Now then, what is He calling us to do? 

He gives us a mission; to spread the Good News to all people, whether it be in our actions or our words, “till all have heard at least once of Calvary”. He works in us to bring His Kingdom here on earth through the ministry and community of the church. 

Because that is exactly what’s at the core of His heart. 

That is what’s important to God. 

It’s finally back to the old and battered school desk, as the 2023 school year rushes to a start. No matter what the school year brings, let’s not lose sight of what our goal is – what’s the ultimate priority of our actions, words, and choices. 

It’s a new year, and with it, new opportunities. 

Why waste them? 

Elaine (Anggi) Tambunan (14) is the editor and one of the many teens that write in RE Generation-Z. Through her articles, she aspires to remind more teens to live lives as lights in the world. She can be easily identified with a spectacled face buried in a thick novel or doodling.

Episode 4: T is for Theology

Episode 4: T is for Theology

T is for Theology

By now, maybe you’ve got an idea why I earnestly want to read through the whole Bible this year and why you should too. It’s not too late to start. Grab yourself an ESV Every Day Bible which divides up passages into daily chunks, or follow one of the reading plans attached somewhere to this episode on our website.

But you might be confused, and maybe laugh a little, at the fact that I’m deciding to read these fat academic looking books. ‘Well, Hans is nerdy like that’ you might say. I’m not saying you’ve got to read these exact books, but I do want to say that doing theology is not just for theologians and scholars, or for older people like our pastors and parents. Theology is for every Christian young and old.

Theology comes from the greek words Theos which means ‘God’ and logia which means ‘study’ or ‘speech’. So theology is the study of God. Although, as I said in the previous episode, studying about God is different from the study of science or any of your other school subjects because God is the creator and we are His creation. When we study God He’s greater than us so we’re totally dependant on His grace to reveal Himself to us, we need humility, we need to submit to what He says, and our study must lead to our obedience and worship of Him.

Smart in all things but this

But here’s the problem in our generation. Regardless of how smart you think you are, we’re all getting the best education history knows about. At school we’re striving hard to learn algebra, classical literature, genetics, modern history, environmental sustainability, physics, the list goes on. We study hard for school assessments, we ask questions when we don’t understand, we want to know how these things work.

However, when it comes to understanding the Bible, God, God’s plan, who we are as humans before God, Christ’s work on the cross, we’re happy with our kindergarten level abc’s.

Yes, the Bible’s confusing at times to understand, yes there are hard passages which don’t seem to make sense at first glance, yes you might feel parts of it are unrelated at times. But the Bible is God’s Word! It’s our story. It’s what will make sense of our broken lives and point us to the True Hope. Don’t you want to put a little more effort to understanding this book?

Branches of Theology

There are many branches of theology that work together to answer this one question, “what does the Bible say?” There are those who do Exegetical Theology where they study the original languages and uncover what the texts say with all the nuances of the original human authors. Then there are Biblical Theologians who trace the whole narrative of the Bible and how God revealed Himself to us humans throughout God’s grand plan of redemptive history. Then there are those who do Systematic Theology and compile and sort the Bible’s teachings into categories so we can understand what the Bible teaches ‘systematically’.

Of course all human efforts to do theology is flawed. We’re sinful and we’re human. Our knowledge of God is so small and limited. Beeke illustrated it this way. If God was the vast, grand and mighty ocean, then our knowledge of God is like a two-year-old who can only say, “blue!”, “wet!”, “big!”. The two-year-old doesn’t know about its depth, width, wave patterns, density, temperature qualities, and all the other complexities of that vast ocean. So it is with our knowledge of God and so it should humble us.

Still, with lowly and needy hearts, I want us to learn about God and His attributes, about who we really are as man before God, about Christ , about the Holy Spirit, about God’s saving work in our lives, about the church and our calling to be part of it in this time and age, and about the last days when God will judge the world and reign fully over all things.

I hope that from a young age, as teens, we can start to know God, to start to “taste and see that the LORD is good”. I hope that we can start to see God’s glory dimly and praise Him for it, and I hope that this trajectory for life can be set now for eternity.

Bible Reading Plans: https://www.esv.org/resources/reading-plans/

Episode 3: Knowing God’s not Guesswork!

Episode 3: Knowing God's not Guesswork!

So now, yes, we’ve put our faith and trust in God. We want to know Him, we want to make Him our highest priority. What can we practically do to get to know Him? In our minds it might be like blind cats chasing after the light.

Emotions and Encounters

Some think knowing God is an emotional experience of feeling the presence and closeness of God. That’s not wrong. But is the extent of knowing God chills down your back when the worship band starts and we all lift up our hands?

Others think its special ‘coincidental’ God’s-hand-is-over-this encounters. For example, when you forgot your english homework that was due that day but it turns out you had left it in your mum’s handbag at the doctors appointment yesterday and she happened to be working at the school canteen that day and you happened to walk past you as you were stressing about how Mrs Read would definitely send you to the head of the english department, the teacher feared by all students, Mr Wright, for not bringing in your homework three weeks in a row, and out of nowhere your mum remembers about your homework, stops you, rummages around in her handbag, and pulls out a half-crumpled Shakespeare essay. “Thank you, God!” you say in relief.

Knowing God’s not Guesswork!

Here, there is a huge vacuum here in our generation. Most people give up at this point and conclude, well maybe I can’t really know God now. I can’t see Him or hear His audible voice. Maybe I’ll just get on with enjoying life and wait for heaven. But as I said in the last episode, we can know God because God has revealed Himself to us. Knowing God’s not guesswork!

God reveals Himself to us in two ways. First is His general revelation. God reveals Himself through His creation to every living person. Psalm 19:1 says,

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)

Whether you are Christian or not, when you gaze into the night galaxies or gape in awe at the gorgeous afternoon sunset, how can you say there is no Creator?

But that’s not it. God also gives His special revelation to all those who would trust in Him. He reveals Himself through Christ, who is the Word. We’ve got the Bible which is the grand narrative of God’s history to bring salvation to us, ultimately through Christ. Divinely inspired, we find in it Christ’s words, actions, heart, character, teachings, commands. Through the Word, we can get to know God on a personal level.

God has also given us the Holy Spirit, who is our helper to understand what Christ had said, who continues to testify about Christ through the written Word to us today (see John 16:7-8).

So we can know God

So we can know God! By general revelation, God’s revelation of Himself in creation, you can get to know God. So when you’re studying at school, whether its learning beautiful maths equations or the complexity of the human body or the vast creativity of the different kinds of rocks and minerals, seek to know God’s beauty and attention to detail and creativity.

But even more, we can know at a personal level only through His special revelation to us in His Word, by the help of the Holy Spirit. We can grow to know God by studying His Word. We can know Him if we want to take time to dig deep into His Word. The sad thing is, our generation doesn’t know how to read the Bible, and even if we do read it, we’re to puzzled to get what it says.

Here’s the thing we’ve got to realise. We’re not alone! We’re meant to learn God’s Word in community with each other so we can sharpen our understanding. It’s our Christian friends and our local church, but also the vast array of wiser Christians from the past. In our digital age, the resources around us are endless. There are books, articles, podcasts, sermon recordings, videos, all around us that can help us understand God’s Word.

If we want to trust Him that knowing Him is worth it and seek Him wholeheartedly, with humble hearts yearning to get to know our Lord, Creator and Saviour, God will open a way for us.

Episode 2: How can we Know God?

Episode 2: How can we Know God?

I made two personal, practical resolutions this year: to read the whole Bible and Beeke’s Reformed Systematic Theology in one year. Now, when I said we’ve got to know God urgently, does that mean we’ve got to read the Bible, theology, and other Christian books all the more and all the more urgently? That’s not quite all there is to it. How do we know God?

See, we’re so used to the phrase ‘knowing God’ that we’ve lost what that actually means. To be sure, knowing God is different from knowing maths or organic chemistry. We can know what’s inside a molecule by taking observations, by doing experiments, by reading what great chemists have discovered in the past. We can’t dare to do the same thing with God. Joel Beeke says, “We must never study God as we do other subjects that we seek to master. Rather, this great subject must master us.”

Two Weightier Thoughts

Here’s a few weightier thoughts.

First, God is the infinite creator and we’re finite created beings. We could never comprehend God for who He really is. Isaiah 40:28 says, “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”

Second, we’re sinful, God-rejecting people who are blind, whose inclination is to run away from God. God is holy and confronts vile sin with His awesome wrath.

Only frantically reading the Bible and many theological books cover-to-cover won’t bring us to a true knowing of God. How then are we to know this God?

The Only Way

Robert Reymond, a 20th century theologian said, “Our knowledge of God is totally dependent on revelation.” We can’t know God if God does not reveal Himself to us. But here is the good news! God has revealed Himself. Isaiah prophesied long ago, “And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:5). This prophecy was fulfilled when God Himself gave up His glory and took on human flesh, Jesus came as both God and man so that we could know God.

But here was the irony. The Pharisees who had been waiting for the God-man to come mocked and scorned Him. The Jewish crowds followed and idolised Him, but not as God who came to make Himself known to His people. Instead, as a potential political leader who would free them from Roman colonisers.

The same is for today. Ask someone on the street who they think Jesus is, and they would say a good teacher, a moral man, a compassionate person. But not God the LORD who they must know and worship.

Sin separates us from God and blinds our hearts to the truth. John 1:10-11 says, “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.” But then John continues, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13).

Jesus died for our sins so that those who would believe in Him and put their faith in Him might be able to know Him. We can’t know God if we don’t want to entrust our lives to Jesus. Only by the free gift of faith will we be able to see Jesus for who He really is.

To Know God is to Trust Him

To know God is to trust Him. There is one key verse in Psalm 9:10. “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.” If you want to know God, you’ve got to trust Him with your life. You’ve got to surrender everything and make knowing Him your ultimate purpose. You’ve got admit to Him that you’ve done life wrong in every way, seeking sin and selfishness over God. He’s going to heal you and make you new and He’s paid the price for that on the cross. But you’ve got to surrender everything, your lusts, desires, goals, ambitions. It’s different for all of us but God will want us to give up our idols. That could be our friends, boyfriends or girlfriends, grades, image, achievements, gaming addiction, the list goes on. He wants the priority in your heart and He wants you to trust Him that giving up everything and seeking to know Him will give you exactly what you need, and will return you to your original design as a human being.

Have you entrusted your life to God? Pray to Him now. Ask for forgiveness for all our selfish priorities and lack of trust in Him. Surrender everything into His hands and earnestly ask to know Him. God won’t close the door to those who diligently knock and seek for His will. Let’s get to know Him together.

The Tale of The Faithful Servant

Thud Thud Thud Thud…

Footsteps echoed through the corridor as a woman in her late middle-ages came charging through the door of the study. She came to an abrupt halt before a couple who were sitting together in prayer. 

“Pardon my intrusion, but there is a slight problem…” she said impatiently.

The man looked up at the housemother. “Whatever is the matter?”

With desperation getting ahold of her, the housemother blurted, “Mr Muller, sir…. I’m afraid there- there’s no more food to serve the children!”

“Are you sure of this?” His wife inquired, “Have you checked in the other houses?”

The housemother nodded furiously. “Not a crumb, Mrs Muller. We’re all out. It’s never been this bad!”


Let’s pause here for a second. 

Now, for most of us, living in such an advanced society we could just go down to the nearest Woolworths or Coles and do a little grocery shopping. 

But for George Muller, addressing this problem would take more than a simple trip to the supermarket. Because he is not only responsible to feed him and his family, but a few extra hundred mouths he sheltered in his orphanage.

With such a high demand for food, also taking into consideration that he doesn’t have a direct source of income, there was no way he could get something for all the children to eat.

Let’s see what Muller decides to do in this situation.


“Sir,” The housemother paced back and forth before the couple. “What are we going to do? The children are starving!”

George Muller, besides the fact that he was just bombarded with such alarming news, remained in his seat and seemed to be completely calm. He stood up from his seat and said firmly, “Take the kids to the dining room and have them sit down.”

The housemother hesitated at first, but then nodded and the couple followed her out the door.

300 children filled the dining hall, chattering away as they sat patiently for the food. They looked at their empty bowls in confusion. Normally, by that time they would have been served breakfast, but there wasn’t any food in sight.

“Children, let us thank God for the food.” Muller announced. 

The housemother faltered, “What-” 

But she was cut short as Muller started to pray. “Heavenly Father, we thank You for the food You have set before us. We have never lacked and for that, we are grateful. Amen.”

As they all opened their eyes, it was no surprise that their bowls were still empty. But Muller didn’t panic. Because he knew God would provide as He has always been.

Within minutes, there was a knock at the door. It was a baker.

“Mr Muller, I could not sleep last night. I was thinking about your work with the orphans and, well, I somehow knew you would need bread this morning. So, here they are!” The baker presented them with three batches of fresh bread. 

After the bread had been brought in, almost instantaneously, there was another knock on the door. This time, it was the milkman. 

“Morning, sir. My milk cart broke down just outside. The milk would be spoiled by the time I’ve fixed the wheel so I was wondering, um, if you could use some free milk?” And with that, ten large cans of milk were carried into the orphanage.

The housemother was in shock. “I- I cannot believe this! I will never doubt prayer ever again.” And she left the couple to attend to the children. 

The fresh bread and milk were served to the kids. It seemed like God had provided for yet another morning, just as He had always done.


Note how George Muller solely rests his trust in God to care for his and the orphanages’ needs. Even in such a situation, he didn’t turn to money or ask for help from others. But rather, he leaves everything to God.

In Matthew 6, we read that even the birds of the sky who do not reap nor sow, neither do they gather into barns, yet God feeds them. Aren’t we of more value to Him? How much more does God provide for us? Therefore, we needn’t worry about what we are going to eat or drink, or even what to wear, because our Heavenly Father knows we need them all (Matthew 6:25 – 34).

God never fails to provide for His people. His providence can come in many different ways, sometimes in a way we do not expect. But that’s the beautiful thing about it. Although we do not know how God works, we can let go of all our worries because we rest in the knowledge that there is a God who is not only aware of our needs but supplies abundantly till our “cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5).

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