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"And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him." (Gen.22:2-3)
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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.
 
 
 
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Joy Under Adverse Circumstances

Br. Vinayadas Abraham, Bahrain

 

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

(Hab. 3:17 & 18)

 

This portion of the Scripture might sound absurd to an unbeliever. When there is abundance of wealth, possessions and earthly comforts, a person rejoices, but in absence of these and when poverty strikes, a worldly person is sad, desperate and worried. But here we see in spite of the failure of his crops, absence of the herds in his stalls and losing his wealth and possessions, he rejoices in the LORD. It is a fact that a believer is stable and unmoved when he passes through trials and temptations in his life, because of the promise of his Lord that He would never leave him, nor forsake him.

 

When problems come, a non-believer generally goes to palmists or soothsayers to find a solution, or he finds solace in drinks or indulges in temporal pleasures to get some relief. However, going back to the same means again and again proves the fact that he does not get any permanent relief from such sources. In the case of a believer, when problem arises, he does not have to go after these false means, because the Lord strengthens him, comforts him and stands with him.

 

Backsliding in a believer's life, normally does not happen during his trials and temptations, but during the time of his abundant blessings, as is evident from the lives of the first 3 Kings of Israel – (a) Saul started as an un-revengeful King, but later on he became so vengeful that he tried to kill his own son-in-law David many times, (b) David committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed Uriah after he became King and everything was well with him (c) Solomon started as a man of prayer, but when he was acknowledged as the wisest and most famous king, he became a womanizer and sought after temporal pleasures, although he wrote that these are vanity and vexation of spirit. When Lucifer was ministering as the musical leader in the presence of God, he became proud of his beauty and musical ability, and thus became a fallen angel.

 

However, those who endured hardship and passed through trials and temptations were able to come forth refined. Having passed through the toughest trials in his life, Job said, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him" (Job.13:15). After walking on water and doing many miracles and in the prime of his apostleship, Peter denied the Lord, but later on when he passed through trials and persecutions, he boldly died as a martyr. Victory in trials and temptations were not only for the erstwhile Bible characters, but thousands of living believers would rise up to testify that they have seen the unique strength and power of the Lord in their difficult times. Once such example – during this year's VBS,        Br. K. K. James, our Group Leader narrated how his life was transformed through the illness of his 13 year old daughter who died of Leukemia. He told me that this tragedy has transformed his life completely; he has become more spiritual and started becoming involved in spiritual matters more actively. When teaching the lesson on rapture, he said that he has the blessed hope of seeing his beloved daughter in the presence of God. The following stanza from the Malayalam song written when sudden calamity struck one of God's servants speaks greatly of the Lord's strength being made perfect in weakness:

 

Kashtanashtam yeeri vannaal bagyavaanai theerunnu injan

kashtametta karthavodu kuttaliyaytheerunnu injan.

 

(I become fortunate when difficulty and loss come exceedingly for I turn out to be a companion of the Lord in His sufferings)

 

 
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