Patience Sermon Illustrations

Patience Sermon Illustrations

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Give God Time

The late Dr. Jowett said that he was once in a most pitiful perplexity, and consulted Dr. Berry, of Wolverhampton. "What would you do if you were in my place?" he entreated. "I don't know, Jowett. I am not there, and you are not there yet. When have you to act?" "On Friday," Dr. Jowett replied. "Then," answered Berry, "you will find your way perfectly clear on Friday. The Lord will not fail you." And surely enough, on Friday all was plain.

One of the greatest and wisest of all Queen Victoria's diplomats has left it on record that it became an inveterate habit of his mind never to allow any opinion on any subject to crystallize until it became necessary to arrive at a practical decision.

Give God time, and even when the knife flashes in the air, the ram will be seen caught in the thicket.

Give God time, and even when Pharaoh's host is on Israel's heels, a path through the waters will be suddenly opened.

Give God time, and when the bed of the brook is dry, Elijah shall hear the guiding voice.The Alliance Weekly.

Waiting on the Lord

"Wait, I say, on the Lord" (Ps. 27:14)
Wait on the Lord, thou contrite one,
In penitence draw near;
He will His pard'ning grace bestow;
Your cry for mercy hear.
(James 4:8).

Wait on the Lord, thou tempted one,
Beset by hosts of sin;
Sufficient will his grace be found
The victory to win.
(II Cor. 12:9).

Wait on the Lord, thou weary one,
When cares of life oppress;
In Him find ev'ry need supplied;
In Him find quietness.
(Ps. 84:10).

Wait on the Lord, thou saddened one.
That grief and sorrow knows;
He shares the measure of your need;
His heart with love o'erflows.
(Ps. 103:13).

Wait on the Lord: In confidence
And expectation wait;
His promises are ever sure;
His mercy truly great.—Fred Scott Shepard.

Our Only Opportunity Now

"Beloved, have you ever thought that someday you will never have anything to try you, or anybody to vex you again? There will be no opportunity in that happy Realm to learn or to show the spirit of patience, forbearance, and long­suffering. If you are ever to practice these things it must be now."—Dr. A. B. Simpson.

Wanamaker's Patience

The following incident was recorded in the life of John Wanamaker. One of the executives in the Philadelphia store recalls that one day, when he was a cash boy he mustered up courage to go into Wanamaker's office to show him a new and cheap way to wrap small packages that he thought he had discovered. President Wanamaker was sitting at his top desk, and the boy timidly passed to him a sample package he had wrapped. As he did so his sleeve caught on the ink well and upset it. The horrified boy stood rooted to the spot. Wanamaker said: "Now I am going to show you something. If you attack a pool of ink with the edge of a blotter, instead of stamping the blotter flat down on it., it is astonishing how quickly it disappears." The devotion of a lifetime of able service was thus won in a minute by this fine display of patience.—Sunday School Times.

Two Helpful Bears

There lived an old couple who quarreled frequently. The whole village knew about it, and when, at last, they ceased their quarreling, questions were asked as to how it all came about. "Two bears did it," said the wife. "Two bears?" exclaimed a neighbor, "we thought two bears caused all the trouble." "Ah!" said the husband, "but these are two new bears which we found in the Bible. We have learned to love "Bear ye one another's burdens," and "Forbearing one another in love."—Christian Advocate.

A Day at a Time

A doctor was once asked by a patient who had met with a serious accident, "Doctor, how long shall I have to lie here?" The answer, "Only a day at a time," taught the patient a precious lesson. It was the same lesson God had recorded for His people of all ages, long before: The day's portion in its day. Faithful for one short day, long years take care of themselves.—Andrew Murray.


God's delays are not denials;
He has heard your prayer;
He knows all about your trials,
Knows your every care.

God's delays are not denials;
Help is on the way;
He is watching o'er life's dials,
Bringing forth the day.

God's delays are not denials;
You will find Him true,
Working through the hardest trials
What is best for you!The Believer's Magazine.

Remember, Noah—he was 486 years old before he knew enough to build an ark.

For harmony of two, be they friends or teacher-pupil, the patience of one is necessary.—M. Dale Baughman

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