In 19th century England, with trust in God and powerful prayers, George Mueller provided support for hundreds of orphans. This godly man once said, "Life that is lived unto God [often] forfeits human companionship, knows only divine fellowship, and . . . does always the things that please God." In the Old Testament we are told that Noah and his family knew what it was like to "forfeit human companionship" in order to live in covenant with God. Jesus himself said to his disciples: "You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me" (John 16:32). To be holy, then, is to be set apart from the world for God.
As a boy, we chose baseball teams by selecting two captains. These two would then take a baseball bat and turn the heavy end down. One captain would grab the bat with one hand, and the other captain would place his hand above the first. This process would continue until one captain held the very end of the bat. He would be declared the winner and have the first choice for his team. What a sense of power I felt when my hand covered the end of the bat!