60 Seconds – Great ExpectationsAuthor: Dave Arnold
An unbelieving man went to investigate George Mueller’s orphanage work.
The woman who opened the door said, “Have you brought the bread?” He replied, “What bread?” She responded, “The bread for the children. It is five minutes to mealtime.” He saw many children waiting for breakfast. However, Mr. Mueller was calm. In a few minutes, the woman came rushing back, exclaiming, “The bread has come!” There was a cartload. Later, the man learned that they needed $ 25,000.00 by noon the same day. Mr. Muller confessed, “I don’t know where a penny of it is coming from, but it is certainly coming.” A letter arrived from India, which was the only mail of the day. It contained a draft for the exact amount needed. Dwight Moody said, “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.”
In Psalm 81:10, the Lord challenges, “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” This pictures a nest of little birds with mouths stretched wide open, with expectation. Their mother does not disappoint them. She fully supplies enough, and more than enough for them.
Spurgeon gives an additional explanation, ” The custom is said to still exist in Persia that when the king wishes to honor a visitor, an ambassador for instance, he has him open his mouth wide, and the king then crams it as full with sweetmeats as it will hold, and even sometimes even with jewels. Curious as this custom is, it is doubtless referred to in Psalm 81:10.”
In Malachi 3:10, we read of God opening “the windows of Heaven.” The word “windows” is almost always used in the plural in the Old Testament. The word here means “floodgates.” God desires to pour out His blessings on those who love and obey Him.
“Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much.”
“Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectations” (Andrew Murray).