Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea.” (Isaiah 24:15).
Mark the little word “in”! We are to honour Him in the trial–in that which is an affliction indeed and though there have been cases where God did not let His saints feel the fire, yet, ordinarily, fire hurts.
But just here we are to glorify Him by our perfect faith in His goodness and love that has permitted all this to come upon us.
And more than that, we are to believe that out of this is coming something more for His praise that could have come but for this fiery trial.
We can only go through some fires with a large faith; little faith will fail. We must have the victory in the furnace.
A man has as much religion as he can show in times of trouble. The men who were cast into the fiery furnace came out as they went in–except their bonds.
How often in some furnace of affliction God strikes them off! Their bodies were unhurt–their skin not even blistered. Their hair was unsinged, their garments not scorched, and even the smell of fire had not passed upon them. And that is the way Christians should come out of furnace trials–liberated from their bonds, but untouched by the flames.
“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15).
That is the real triumph–triumphing over sickness, in it; triumphing over death, dying; triumphing over adverse circumstances, in them. Oh, believe me, there is a power that can make us victors in the strife. There are heights to be reached where we can look down and over the way we have come, and sing our song of triumph on this side of Heaven. We can make others regard us as rich, while we are poor, and make many rich in our poverty. Our triumph is to be in it. Christ’s triumph was in His humiliation. Possibly our triumph, also, is to be made manifest in what seems to others humiliation.
Is there not something captivating in the sight of a man or a woman burdened with many tribulations and yet carrying a heart as sound as a bell? Is there not something contagiously valorous in the vision of one who is greatly tempted, but is more than a conqueror? Is it not heartening to see some pilgrim who is broken in body, but who retains the splendor of an unbroken patience? What a witness all this offers to the enduement of His grace!
I look back to many Elders who passed through this beaten way and I watched daily and listen to hear the testimonies and there is nothing. I will mention a few and in another article, I will go into details. IToday I speak of my spiritual parents Reverend Mother Queen Myers, Reverent (Pappy) Myers of St. Malachi in Redemption Sharpe, Pointer Conrad of St. Mary in Edinboro, Patriarch Conrad Sutherland of Lowmand wd, Pointer Tony of Belair, Mother Sandy of Georgetown, Bishop DeCosta Blucher and his wife Reverend Mother Blucher, Brother Joe of Bequia, Mother Daisy Ollivierre of Bequia, Mother Francis of Paul’s Avenue, Bishop Free (twin brothers) Archbishop Pompey of Overland and Patriarch Dr. Granville Williams of Sons of God in Barbados. I heard them minister and watched their ministry. I learn from them and still able to pass on some of their teachings. They carried the struggle to make the church what it is today being able to preach freely throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
I urge those reading this message not to let the voices of these faithful servants die and lie silent in the cold tomb. You have a voice and you can keep their message alive. The world will not love you but keep doing what is right. They may try to silence my voice but my writings and ministry will be alive long after my departing this life. Hallelujah