BIBLE TRUTH E-NEWS : :
The Storm Passes By
Never in my lifetime can I
remember the onslaught of hurricanes which we are encountering lately.
We have just come through Charley and Frances and now are awaiting
Ivan. There is also talk of a new storm forming as we write.
In our daily
Bible study we are studying through the book of James. James 1:2-4
admonishes us about times of testing. These tests can also be referred
to as storms in the life of the believer. James tells us in verse 2 to
“…count (consider) it all joy (calm delight, exceeding
gladness) when ye fall (be surrounded with) divers (manifold,
various in character) temptations; (adversity) He goes on to
say in verse 3, “Knowing (be sure of) this, that the trying (testing)
of your faith (conviction of religious truth) worketh (accomplishes)
patience. (endurance, constancy) Verse 4 tells us why these
times of testing come into our life. “But let patience (endurance,
constancy) have her perfect (complete) work (deed),
that ye may be perfect (complete) and entire (complete in
every part) wanting (lacking, destitute of) nothing.” (none
Frances hit Florida it affected many lives. The least of these was our
own. We were scheduled to be in Cocoa. As the storm approached the east
coast of Florida, all of its occupants were evacuated. This evacuation
included the pastor of the church where we were to be and our own son,
Joseph and his wife Sabrina, who also live in that area. Needless to say
we were a little dismayed. Not only would we miss a meeting but we would
also miss spending the week with our children. We realized this was
nothing compared to the devastation and loss of life that was
experienced due to this storm, but in our world we did have to ask the
Lord what lessons there were for us in all of this. We had to put these
verses to the test.
We knew that
our God would supply our needs during this week off. He has never failed
us, and He did not fail us during this storm. Instead of us going to
Florida to see our children, our children came to Georgia to spend the week
with us. What a blessing to have the house filled with laughter and the
voices of children. At one time or the other all of the boys and their
families were here. The carport was full and so were the bedrooms. As
the week progressed, we have to confess, we did begin to get a little
concerned. Our God is such a gracious God. Not only did He allow for us
to have time that our whole family could be together, but He also met
financial needs as well. Pastor Jay Frazier of Calvary Baptist Church in
Cocoa, Florida, assured us that as soon as he returned home he would put
a check in the mail for the week that was cancelled due to Frances. We
thank him and his precious people for their giving spirit.
was used to remind us of the admonition in James. We know tests and
storms will come. Verse 2 confirms this. But verse 3 allows us to be
reminded that the trying of our faith (conviction of religious truth)
will come so that we will experience patience (endurance, constancy).
We thank the Lord for these times... times when His Word and promises
are confirmed in our hearts.
Thank you so
much for your continued prayer and support of this ministry.
Until next month,
Evangelist Tom Gilliam