What Good is That?

Posted on Dec. 6, 2011 by John A. Lillie.

WHAT GOOD IS THAT?

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? (Jas 2:14-16)

A number of you have inquired how things are going with Ben, Micah and Tasha living downstairs. My response has been: “Good….but it’s early.” That is not to anticipate some major breakdown, but rather respectful of the fact that all ministries/relationships come with challenges, inconveniences and even frustrations. We raised three children. We learned this.

The boys are settling in nicely. They are establishing school and home routines. On the days Anne takes them to Hillsdale to catch their ride to school, they leave at 6:30 am. So it is early to bed and early to rise. Ben and Micah have helped with stacking wood, shoveling snow and carrying groceries. Tasha has taken on her new responsibilities with the determination I expected. With work, school, boys and taking care of her apartment, a lot is asked of her.

The boys now have health insurance through MI Child but we are determined to not use Food Stamps or other welfare programs. This is certainly intended to model for the boys the importance of us taking care of ourselves. I was recently reading in Ezra, chapter eight, where Ezra was gathering those who would leave Babylon with him to return to Jerusalem. He had boldly spoken to the king about God’s ability to provide for His people. He writes in verse 21: Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, "The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him." So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.

I too am ashamed to ask the “king” to be our provision. I believe that it was God’s will we reach out to help these boys, and I believe that God will provide. He has provided, and a number of you have been a part of that. We have some who have provided venison and other foods, others have purchased clothing, and some are giving monthly to meet the expenses. This need is ongoing. This giving should not take away from your regular church giving, but if you would like to be a part of the monthly support, you can mark your gift “Bahe Boys” and it will get to the right place.

So we love and share and give and feed and clothe…and what good is that? Much, I think.

~ Pastor Lillie