Editorial[b]Margaret Brown[/b]Margaret Brown

Blessings to each of you!

Our country (Scotland) has had unseasonally wet weather this summer, yet certain areas of England have been suffering drought, and even the north west of Scotland has been very dry and until recently has had scarcely any rain. Rain is needed for a good maintained water supply, for enabling plant growth and for sustaining life, which is in danger when deprived of water.

Across the country and indeed the world it seems there is a spiritual drought – a famine ‘not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord’ (Amos 8:11b).

Some people are searching for the truth, yet cannot find it; some give up, some look in the wrong places, listen to false teaching, follow imposters. Some are ignorant of the famine in their lives and are unaware of their need. To-day there is a need for the Word of God to be taught, learned, memorised, proclaimed and expounded. Praise God for His Word! Those of us who know the Lord and His Word must live the truth of that Word in our lives wherever we are. The world needs to be released from famine and drought.

In Psalm 27:13&14 David writes, ‘I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.’ I wonder if we are as confident as David. Much around us would cause us to despair– laws contrary to God’s laws, crime rates, economic situations, etc.etc. God is planning for His people’s good. Do we have the faith to believe it will be as He has planned?

In this edition of N&V reference is made to the goodness of God, and to that goodness being exhibited in the lives of His disciples. Read about the women who have grasped the opportunities God has presented to them. Read their stories as they reach out to alleviate the famine around them with the goodness of God. Their faith has moved them to act. Paul saw evidence of this in the lives of the Thessalonians when he wrote in his second letter to them ‘we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith’ (2Thessalonians 1:11).

There is no need for people to be hungry or thirsty. The little boy who gave what he had to Jesus saw 5000 men, plus women and children fed and satisfied with plenty left over. Let’s determine to give what we have to Jesus also. Let’s see what He can do with what we give Him. Let’s allow Him to work His goodness out through our lives, just as some of the women you will read about in this issue. And when the rains come, may they truly be showers of blessing from our Father’s hand, flowing out from us to bless others.

‘Make every effort to add to your faith goodness’ (2Peter 1:5). May the Lord bless you, and keep you busy with doing good to others, so that their need will be met in Him.

Margaret Brown


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“He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness”. Acts 14:17 KJV