As a family, we read many Christian biographies. I guess, one of my favorite family things to do is to read a good biography together. Most evenings after dinner, we would skip the TV and gather around a good book. A biography of D. L. Moody is a fantastic book to read! What a hero of faith!
D. L. Moody was four years of age when his alcoholic father died. His mother, widowed with nine children, found it difficult to make ends meet. Moody’s education totaled seven grades in a one-room school house. During his teenage years he worked on neighboring farms.
Desiring to earn $100,000., Moody, age seventeen, worked as a shoe salesman in Boston. After a Sunday School teacher witnessed to Moody, he knelt down in the shoe store and trusted Jesus Christ to save him. Later Moody told how he felt, “I was in a new world. The birds sang sweeter, the sun shone brighter. I’d never known such peace.”
Moody brought many children to Sunday School. He withdrew to the shores of Lake Michigan in the summer of 1858 and taught children the Bible, using pieces of driftwood as chairs. He started his own Sunday School in an abandoned freight car, then moved to an old vacant saloon. Moody would be seen trying to light the building with a half-dozen candles. Then, with a candle in one hand, a Bible in the other, and a child on his knee, he would teach about Jesus. The Sunday School grew and grew until the Mayor of Chicago allowed Moody to use a big hall rent free. Soon, Moody had the largest Sunday School in Chicago with 1500 a week. He made a vow to God to tell some person about his Saviour, Jesus Christ every day, even if it was inconvenient, and he had to get out of bed to do so.
Henry Varley said, “It remains to be seen what God will do with a man who gives himself up wholly to Him.” And Moody endeavored to be, under God, that man. It is still a marvel to see how wonderfully God used D. L. Moody.
Moody later preached to 20,000 a day in Brooklyn and admitted only non-church members by ticket! One day, Moody met a young man and told him bluntly, “You’re the man I’ve been looking for- for eight years. Throw up your job and come with me!” Ira D. Sankey did just that. From then on, it was “Moody will preach; Sankey will sing.” Moody preached while traveling across the American continent and throughout Great Britain. D. L. Moody is considered the greatest evangelist of the nineteenth century.
One of his thought provoking quotes: “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.” D. L. Moody
I wrote this note in my Bible about Moody:
Why God Used D.L. Moody by R.A. Torrey:
- A Fully Surrendered Man
- A Man of Prayer
- A Deep and Practical Student of The Bible
- A Humble Man
- His Entire Freedom from the Love of Money
- His Consuming Passion for the Salvation of Souls
- Had Power from On High