WHEN LIFE TUMBLES IN, WHAT THEN?
II KINGS 4:1-7
Arthur John Gossip was an outstanding Scottish
preacher who died in 1954. When he was pastor of the
Beechgrove Church in Aberdeen, Scotland his wife died.
The year was 1927.
On his first Sunday after he had buried his wife, Dr.
Gossip preached in his church as usual. The message he
brought that morning was entitled, “But when life
tumbles in what then?"
It was probably the best message he had ever preached.
Sustained by his strong faith, the lonely heartbroken
pastor told his people, “I don't think you need to be
afraid of life.
Our hearts are very frail and there are places where
the road is very steep and lonely. But we have a
wonderful God." An old Arabic proverb puts it like
this: “Sooner or later the black camel kneels in front
of every life."
Life has never been easy. This world is a
battleground, not a playground. The Lord Jesus said,
“In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of
good cheer, I have overcome the world." (Jn 16:33)
Widowed, childless, and past 80 years of age, Bill
Cruxton wanted his $500,000 fortune to make difference
in someone’s life.
A 17-year-old waitress who had been kind to him seemed
the perfect choice. So when Cruxton died on November
9, 1992 he left the bulk of his estate to Cara Wood, a
High school senior who befriended him during the 13
months she worked part-time at a restaurant.
Even after she quit her job, Cara kept in touch with
Cruxton, running errands for him and helping him
around the house. Because of his poor eyesight, she
often helped him read his mail and pay his bills.
Like Cara Wood, the widow in today’s story became the
recipient of another’s wealth. But the riches she
received came from the hand of God. The woman had
known great heartache. She had lost her husband, who
was of the men from the “company of the prophets.”
Soon she would lose her ...
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