THE FRUIT COMES AFTERWARD


     HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” (Nahum 1:3).

Many of you have the experience of an approaching storm, As a young man with my Grandmother Emma on Derrick Hill, you will see the storms coming from the south near Rama or over Pettie Nevis from the south-east. Standing by the window on the hill and watching a storm as it came on shore. The heavens were filled with blackness, and the earth was shaken by the voice of thunder. It seemed as though that fair landscape was utterly changed, and its beauty has gone never to return.

But the storm swept on, and passed out over the hill; and if I had looked in the same place on the following day, and said, “Where is that terrible storm, with all its terrible blackness?” the grass would have said, “Part of it is in me,” and the daisy would have said, “Part of it is in me,” and the fruits and flowers and everything that grows out of the ground would have said, “Part of the storm is incandescent in me.”

Have you asked to be made like your Lord? Have you longed for the fruit of the Spirit, and have you prayed for sweetness and gentleness and love? Then fear not the stormy tempest that is at this moment sweeping through your life. A blessing is in the storm, and there will be the rich fruitage in the “afterward.”

The flowers live by the tears that fall From the sad face of the skies, And life would have no joys at all, Were there no watery eyes. Love thou thy sorrow: grief shall bring Its own excuse in after years; The rainbow!–see how fair a thing God hath built up from tears.

My encouragement this morning is not to let the stormy days block your vision for the future. The word tells us that all the storms will soon be over and you will be safe in the harbour.

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