Guidance Sermon Illustrations

Guidance Sermon Illustrations

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Guidance by the Providence of God

In my district there was a boarding-house for travelers, which I visited. Among others I met there was a youth named Peter McGhee, to whom I often spoke about his soul, but who did not then decide for Christ. Many years after, when travelling with my husband, we had occasion one day to wait at a little station near my home. While there, Mr. Scroggie entered into conversation with a woman in the waiting-room. As he was speaking to her, I observed a man listening at the door, and asked him if he would come inside, which he was quite ready to do. Upon my husband asking him if he were a Christian, he said very decidedly that he was. My husband took a few little books out of his pocket to give to this man, and, in so doing, he was strangely led to slip a half-crown into one of them.

As the man looked through the books, the piece of money dropped on the floor. He exclaimed, 'Thank God! I never meant to tell anyone but I must tell you. As I passed through this village just now, I went in to see a poor widow, and found her in great distress. On asking the reason, she said that she had not the money to pay the rent, and she had never missed before. Asked as to how much it was, she replied 'Half a crown!" I am but a laborer myself, and have nothing to spare, but I felt I must give the poor widow the money; at the same time I wrote on a slip of paper, "The Lord will provide," and here I have only walked up to the station, and He has given it back to me.'

Going the same way, we travelled together. My husband asked our friend if he had ever been to Newburgh, my native village. He said, 'No, but there is a young man works alongside of me, a very bright Christian, who was converted through one of Mr. Mitchell's daughters named Jeannie; do you know her?'

Mr. Scroggie said, 'I do, as she happens to be my wife, and sits by my side.' You will guess I was eager to know the young man's name, and was told it was Peter McGhee. We never had met before, never have seen him since; we never even knew his name, but in the pro­vidence of God we had to cross each other's path in this remarkable way that I might enter into the joy of past sowing.—Mrs. James J. Scroggie

(Gen. 24. 27; Ecol. 11. 1; John 10. 3)

Guidance by the Spirit and the Word

I never remember in all my Christian course that I ever sincerely and patiently sought to know the will of God by the teaching of the Holy Ghost through the instrumentality of the Word of God but I have always been rightly directed. But, if honesty of heart and uprightness before God were lacking, or if I did not patiently wait on God for instruction, or if I preferred the counsel of my fellowmen to the declarations of the Word of God, I made great mistakes.—George Muller

(Ps. 25. 9; 32. 8; Rom. 12. 2; Col. 1. 9)

Dr. F. B. Meyer was crossing from Dublin to Holyhead one very dark night, and asked the Captain of the ship, 'How do you find Holy­head harbor on such a dark, starless night as this?' The Captain replied, 'Do you see those three lights just ahead? These must be lined up one behind the other in one straight line of vision, and I follow them, keeping the ship in line with the three, until I safely enter the harbor. Dr. Meyer, using the illustration, compared the three lights to the light of God's Word, the inward conviction begotten within the heart by the Holy Spirit, and the Divine arrangement of circumstances in the believer's life.

(Ps. 73. 24; Acts 16. 6-9; Col. 1. 9)

Guidance by Yielding to the Lord.

I said, `Let me walk in the fields,'
God said, `No, walk in the town.'
I said, 'There are no flowers there;'
He said, `No flowers, but a crown.'
I said, `But the sky is black,
There is nothing but noise and din!'
He wept as He sent me back:
`There is more,' He said, `there is sin.'

I said, 'But the air is thick,
And fogs are veiling the sun;'
He answered, 'Yet souls are sick,
And souls in the dark undone.'
I said, 'I shall miss the light,
And friends will miss me, they say;'
He answered, 'Choose ye tonight
If I am to miss you or they.'

I pleaded for time to be given;
He said, ' Is it hard to decide?
It will not seem hard in Heaven
To have followed the steps of your Guide.'
I cast one look at the fields,
Then set my face to the town;
He said, `My child, do you yield?
Will you leave the flowers for the crown?'

Then into His hands went mine,
And into my heart came He,
And I walk in the light divine
The path I had feared to see.

(Ps. 32. 8; 36. 9; Isa. 42. 16; Jer. 10. 23; Acts 16. 6-9)

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