Sorrow Sermon Illustrations

Sorrow Sermon Illustrations

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Whom God Chooseth

When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man,
And skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When he yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
When His good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And with every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendor out—
God knows what He's about!—Selected.

The Refiner's Fire

Late in the last century a great fire gained the upper hand in Virginia's famous jungle, the Dismal Swamp. Careless hunters caused it. The fire gained rapid headway, the undergrowth and frost-bitten shrubbery being devoured by the greedy flames. Clouds of deme smoke covered the horizon. So wide-sweeping was the fiery storm that hundreds of animals, bear, fox, deer, and multitudes of smaller animals were driven out of the jungle to be slaughtered by eager hunters. So it is in a great Holy Spirit revival. The fire of the Spirit drives out into the open areas of conscience all the hidden sins of the heart. The Spirit drives them out -so that they can be destroyed by the redeeming grace of Christ —The Watchman-Examiner.

How to Press through Trial

Do not keep your eye on the trial, or difficulty, in order to see what God will do for you; but keep your eye on Him to see what is coming, as though there were no difficulty at all. The trials and difficulties are, I might say,always preparatory to some step in advance. And if the eye be kept on Him, you will be ready for the onward step, whereas if the eye be only on the trials, though there will be a sense of mercy, in the way He makes a way of escape out of them, there will not be, as with Jehovah-jireh, "In the Mount of the Lord it shall be seen," and a great blessing from the trials!—Latin American Evangelist.

"Why All this Pain?"

A lady was once summering in Switzerland, and in her mountain walks she came upon a sheep-fold. She stood and watched very interestedly, for there was one poor sheep lying there moaning and looking very sick. She saw his leg was broken, and, full of pity, asked how it had happened.

"I broke it myself," said the shepherd sadly.

She was even more pitiful, for she thought it must have been an accident.

"No," said the shepherd, "it was done on purpose; it was the only way. That sheep will follow me afterwards, when I've nursed it and got it better, and it will always come at my call then. But before it wouldn't; it was always wandering off into dangerous places, and it wouldn't let me take care of it along with the rest, and wouldn't even come when I called. It would have got killed certainly if I hadn't done that."

Yes, sometimes we poor human sheep will have all our own way, will stray into dangerous paths until the Good Shepherd Himself has to send sorrow and pain to us, so that at last we will hear His voice and follow Him.—Living Streams.

The Lining

There's never a cloud so thick, so black.
That it has not a priceless lining;
But the lining is never found outside,
'Tis inside the light is shining.

You must pass through the dark to reach the light;
It is there ever waiting your finding;
In the cloud that's the darkest, the blackest outside,
God has set His most precious lining.—Sue Miriam Voorhees.

The Blow that Saves

Once in a while one reads a story in the papers with a real lesson attached. So it is with the account of how "Slim" saved his friend from death. Let the man who was saved tell it in his own words. He works for a power company; he and his gang repair the lines, set new poles, and so on. "Sometimes new poles are green, and water-soaked, and will conduct electricity. A short time ago my gang was sent to replace a pole that had been badly burned. The new pole to be set up was wet and green, the street was wet, and overhead was a high line carrying 33,000 volts. We were hoisting the new pole up through the wires to a place where it could be dropped in the hole dug for it. I had thoughtlessly seized the butt end of the new pole as it swung clear of the ground and was guiding it into place when suddenly one of the boys made a run for me and knocked me sprawling. I arose from the sloppy street, wet, muddy, and ready for fight. . . . He pointed aloft to where I saw the new pole had hit the lower high-line wire. I also saw instantly that had he not taken such a quick action in knocking me clear of the pole, I would have been a 'goner.' "Does God not often strike down sinners, as He did Paul on the road to Damascus, that He might get them to listen to His voice and so become saved from the wrath to come? God often must knock us away from our foolishness to keep us from permanently injuring ourselves.—Gospel Herald.

I walked a mile with Pleasure,
She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser,
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And not a word said she;
But, oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me!—Robert B. Hamilton.

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