Patience Sermon Illustrations

Patience Sermon Illustrations

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Patience That Can Run

George Matherson said: "To run with patience is a very difficult thing. Running is apt to suggest the absence of patience, the eagerness to reach the goal We commonly associate patience with lying down. We think of it as the angel that guards the couch of the invalid Yet I do not think the invalid's patience the hardest to achieve.

"There is a patience which I believe to be harder—the patience that can run. To lie down in the time of grief, to be quiet under the stroke of adverse fortune, implies a great strength; but I know of something that implies a strength greater still:

"It is the power to work under a stroke; to have a great weight at your heart and still to run; to have a deep anguish in your spirit and still perform the daily task. It is a Christ-like thing!

"The hard thing is that most of us are called to exercise our patience, not in bed, but in the street."—Gospel Herald.


"Waiting! Yes, patiently waiting!
Till next steps made plain shall be;
To hear, with the inner hearing,
The Voice that will call for me.

"Waiting! Yes, quietly waiting!
No need for an anxious dread;
Shall He not assuredly guide me,
Who giveth me daily bread?

"Waiting! Yes, hopefully waiting!
With hope that need not grow dim;
The Master is pledged to guide me,
And my eyes are unto Him.

"Waiting! Expectantly waiting!
Perhaps it may be today
The Master will quickly open
The gate to my future way.

"Waiting! Yes, trustfully waiting!
I know, though I've waited long,
That, while He withholds His purpose,
His waiting cannot be wrong."Gospel Herald.

Interpretations of Love

Patience is Love on the anvil, bearing blow after blow of suffering.
Zeal is Love in the harvest field, never tiring of toil.
Meekness is Love in company when it vaunteth not itself.
Perseverance is Love on a journey, pressing on with unflagging step toward the end.
Joy is Love making its own sunshine where others see nothing but gloom.
Power is Love driving the soul's chariot wheels over all opposition.—Selected.

"Wait, patiently wait,
God is never late;
The budding plans are in thy Father's holding,
And only wait His Divine unfolding;
Then wait, patiently wait."—Selected.

When to Do Nothing

There are times when doing nothing is better than doing anything. Those are the times when only God can do what is needed. True faith trusts Him then, and Him alone, to do the miracle. Moses and Jehoshaphat knew this secret; they knew the same Lord, and the same divine grace. As the pursuing Egyptians trapped the helpless Israelites at the Red Sea, Moses said: "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.... The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace" (Exod. 14). As the Moabites and Ammonites, a vast multitude, closed in on Judah, King Jehoshaphat said to the helpless people: "Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not your's, but God's.... Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord" (II Chron. 20). So the Psalmist gives us God's word: "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psa. 46:10). When God alone can win the victory, faith lets God do it all. It is better to trust than to try.Sunday School Times.

Wait for the Mud to Dry

Father Graham was an old-fashioned gentleman, beloved by everyone, and his influence in the little town was great, so good and active was he.

A young man of the village had been badly insulted and came to Father Graham full of angry indignation, declaring that he was going at once to demand an apology.

"My dear boy," Father Graham said, "take a word of advice from an old man who loves peace. An insult is like mud; it will brush off much better when it is dry. Wait a little, till he and you are both cool, and the thing will be easily mended. If you go now it will only be to quarrel."

It is pleasant to be able to add that the young man took his advice, and before the next day was gone the insulting person came to beg forgiveness.—Our Young Covenanters.

True Greatness

Once there was a woman who did a big washing. She hung her clothes on a line. The line broke and all the wash came down. She did her washing over again and spread it on the grass to dry. A dog with muddy feet came along and walked all over the nice, clean, white clothes. The woman did not get angry nor lose her temper. She said: "Ain't it queer he didn't miss nothing?"

That was true greatness. But only people who do washings know it.—Christian Union Herald.

The reason people confuse patience and interest is simple enough. The same thing that inspires the keenest interest in one person might completely bore another.

This is illustrated in a homely way. Of two neighbors, one found little boys and girls a definite annoyance at all times. He asked the other, who seemed to attract them, how he could be so patient with children.

"Me patient!" the man replied in complete surprise. "Why I'm not patient. I just like kids."

Patience is a great thing; but it never helped a rooster lay an egg.

Patience: The ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.

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