God's Care Sermon Illustrations

God's Care Sermon Illustrations

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God Is "Just the Same" in Japan

In the village of Abashiri, Japan, lived an earnest Christian man. He had an orchard of one thousand trees, and upon these depended the livelihood of himself, and his family. One morning, great was his dismay to find that his apples, which were then half grown, were being destroyed by a peculiar worm. As he walked through the orchard he observed that every tree was affected. What was he to do? He called his family together there in the orchard and they called upon God. Works were added to faith, and all through the day and until late at night, they worked, picking off the worms and destroying them; but with the pests multiplying by the thousands, it became evident that all their efforts were in vain. In desperation they turned to God for help. Weary with the long strain they lay down on their straw mats for a little sleep. Returning the next morning to their orchards to begin another strenuous day, they were startled to see hundreds of strange birds alighting in the trees. All day long the birds stayed, eating up the worms, but never injuring the trees or the leaves. This kept up for three days in succession. In the evening of the third day, as the family walked through the orchard, they found that it was entirely free of the pest. God had vindicated the faith of his children.—The Revivalist.

Good Night

An old shepherd was walking home one evening with a farmer friend. The couple had plodded a half mile or so downhill toward the village. The old man stopped suddenly. He said, "I forgot to say good night to the sheep. I must go back."

His friend laughed at him and went on home. But the old shepherd toiled back up the hill to the fold. There he leaned over the hurdles and said, "Good night, sheep. Good night to 'ee."

Wasn't that a nice thing for the old shepherd to do? And every boy and girl may know that every night, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is there to say "good night" to each one. But He does not go away in the night, for He says, "Lo, I am with you alway." —A. G. Street in A Year of My Life.

"More To Follow"

Rowland Hill tells a story of a hard working man who fell on evil days. Through no fault of his own he lost health, situation, and all his capital; and at last he and his family were face to face with ruin. A rich man heard of the case, and sent the distressed a note for twenty-five dollars in an envelope with these words attached, "More to follow." After a few days, the rich friend sent another note of the same amount with the same phrase, "More to follow," and for many weeks the broken family received a constant stream of bank notes always with the cheering message, "More to follow," until their ruined fortune was mended, and a measure of their prosperity restored.

So it is with God's gifts. He gives enough for the present needs and there is always the cheering assurance, "More to follow." — British Weekly.

A Thrilling Incident

The world of fiction hardly contains a more thrilling chapter than an incident which marked the life of the late Rev. Mr. Lee, Presbyterian minister of the village of Waterford, New York.

Mr. Lee was sitting in his study about midnight, preparing a discourse to deliver to his congregation, when he heard a noise behind him, and became conscious that someone was in the room. Mr. Lee exclaimed, "What is the matter?" and, turning round in his chair, beheld the grim face of a burglar, who was pointing a pistol at his breast. A ruffian had entered the house by a side window, supposing all the occupants were locked in slumber.

"Give me your watch and money," said he, "and make no noise or I will fire."

"You may put down your weapon. I shall make no resistance, and you are at liberty to take all the valuables I possess," was Mr. Lee's calm reply. "I will conduct you to the place where my most precious treasures are placed."

He opened the door and pointed to the cot where his two children lay slumbering in the sweet sleep of innocence and peace.

"Those," said he, "are my choicest jewels. Will you take them?"

He proceeded to say that as a minister of the Gospel he had few earthly possessions, and that his means were devoted to but one object—the education of the two motherless children. The burglar was deeply and visibly affected by these remarks. Tears filled his eyes, and he expressed the utmost sorrow at the act which he had been about to commit.

After a few remarks by Mr. Lee, the would-be criminal consented to kneel and join in prayer, and there in that lonely house, amid the silence of midnight, the offender poured forth his remorse and penitence, while the representative of religion, of peace, and good will told him to "go, and sin no more."

Such a scene has few parallels.Selected

The Living Presence of Jesus

Did you ever hear that story about the young Scottish probationer who was visiting an old lady who knew her Bible pretty well? I suppose he thought it was his duty to leave a text with her; so he said, before he left the room, "what a lovely promise that is, `Lo, I am with you alway'!" She replied, "Hoot, mon, it's not a promise; it's just a fact!" It is not merely a promise, it is just the declaration of a glorious fact. It is the "I Am," whose presence is such an inspiring certainty.—Selected.

When There Is Nothing

In looking to God for deliverance of any kind, we are prone to try to discover what material He has on hand to work on in coming to our relief. Just think a moment. it is not at all necessary for you to see any help in sight, nor is it really necessary for God to have any relief on hand. He does not need anything to begin on. In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth. What did he make them out of ? Nothing, absolutely nothing. When the earth was made, what did He hang it on? Nothing. Pretty satisfactory earth to be made of nothing, eh? Remember, not a scrap of anything was used to make it. "He . hangeth the earth upon nothing." It hangs all right, doesn't it? Very well, then. A God who can make an earth, a sun, a moon, and stars out of nothing, and keep them hanging on nothing, can supply all your needs, whether He has anything to begin to work with or not. Wonderful, isn't it? Trust Him and He will see you through, though He has to make your supplies out of nothing.—From a tract entitled "He Can." (Joakim Tract Soc.)

No Limit in God's Partnership

A millionaire agreed to go into a business partnership with a young mechanic whom he believed would make good, and this young fellow was much elated because he thought that man's millions would be at the disposal of the business; but when the legal papers were drawn up by the millionaire's attorney they called for the word "Limited." It was the firm of "So and So, Ltd.," and the charter showed very clearly that the millionaire was responsible only to the extent of $5,000. Your Senior Partner owns all the silver and the gold and the cattle upon a thousand hills, and if you are true to Him He will tax the resources of the universe if necessary to see you through.—Sunday School Times.

God's Protective Care

A young soldier, back from service in South Africa, tried to get out of telling of his experiences by saying that nothing had ever happened to him; but his questioner was persistent. "Something must have happened," she declared. "Now tell me, in all your experiences in South Africa, what was it that struck you most?" "Well, ma'am," said the soldier, after some thought, "the thing that struck me most was the number of bullets that missed me."

So we may be struck most by the number of dangers that have threatened us, only to be diverted by God's protecting hand. —New Century Leader.

Father Is On Deck

"I will both lay me down in peace and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety" (Ps. 4:8).

One night when all were quietly asleep, there arose a sudden squall of wind at sea which came sweeping against the side of a ship sailing between Liverpool and New York. The great boat was instantly thrown on her side by the force of the gale, crashing everything that was movable and awakening the passengers to the consciousness of imminent peril.

Everyone on board was alarmed with the exception of one little girl, the eight-year - old daughter of the captain. "What's the matter?" asked the child, rubbing her eyes as she was thrown out of bed. Her mother told her of the danger.

"Isn't Papa on deck?" asked the child. She was told that he was. "Then I'm going back to bed," answered the child, and dropping herself on the pillow without a fear, in a few minutes she was asleep.

Fear not the windy tempests wild,
Thy bark they shall not wreck.
Lie down and sleep, Oh, helpless child!
Thy Father's on the deck.Gospel Herald

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