Worry Sermon Illustrations

Worry Sermon Illustrations

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Spiritual Sabotage

"Sabot" is the French word for a wooden shoe. Sabotage, then, was the practice of throwing a wooden shoe into the machinery to stop the work. It has come to mean any attempt to hinder production or spoil a product.

There is a wooden shoe that Satan would cast into our souls to hinder us in accomplishing the plan of God; that "sabot" is worry, which casts a cloud between the soul and God. It paralyzes the spirit, sours the disposition and hinders Christian service. Jesus was aware of this when He bade us "take ... no thought for the morrow" (Matt. 6:34). He was not encouraging indifference or laziness, but exhorting us to trust our Father. Watch out for wooden shoes! Down with spiritual saboteurs.—Selected.

Anticipating Trouble

I have lived a long life and seen lots of trouble, but most of it didn't happen. Jacob prepared for a trouble that didn't happen.—A church bulletin board.

Why Worry?

Much has been written about the unique prayers of Edward Taylor, better known as "Father Taylor," the sailor preacher of Boston. One Sunday before he was to sail for Europe, he was entreating the Lord to care well for his church during his absence. All at once he stopped and ejaculated: "What have I done? Distrusted the providence of Heaven! A God that gives a whale a ton of herring for breakfast, will He not care for my children?"—Finest of the Wheat.

Worry and Stomach Trouble

Dr. W. C. Alvarez, the stomach specialist at the Mayo clinic says that 80 per cent of the stomach disorders that come to them are not organic, but functional. Wrong mental and spiritual attitudes throw functional disturbances into digestion. Most of our ills are caused by worry and fear and it is my experience that faith is more important than food in the cure of stomach ulcers.

In order to keep your commission clean you must be free from worry and fear. Worry is not merely weakness; it is wickedness. It is atheism. It says God has abdicated and that we have to hold the world together by our worrying. The opposite happens. Worriers wreck their world as well as their lives. Worry is sin against God and ourselves. Cast it on Christ and His Cross; then you will live by cheer, rather than by fear.

Keep your commission clean by refusing to indulge in unnecessary hate and restraint.—Selected.

Letting God Govern

When Bulstrode Whitelock was embarking as Cromwell's envoy to Sweden in 1653, he was much disturbed in mind as he rested in Harwich on the preceding night, while he reflected on the distracted state of the nation. It happens that a confidential servant slept in an adjacent bed, who, finding that his master could not sleep, at length said, "Pray, sir, will you give me leave to ask you a question?"


"Pray, sir, do you not think that God governed the world very well before you came into it?"


"And pray, sir, do you not think that He will govern it quite as well when you are gone out of it?"


"Then, sir, pray excuse me, but do not you think you may trust Him to govern it quite as well as long as you live?"

To the question Whitelock had nothing to reply, but, turning about, soon fell fast asleep.

Christian, don't you think God can govern the circumstances and steps of your life as He did for the Prophets and Apostles of old? "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin; and yet I saw unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these" (Mat. 6:28, 29).—Sunday School Times.

Responsible for One End Only

The man sitting beside the stove in the little telegraph office dropped his newspaper as the person who had just handed in a message departed. "That's one of them little places way up Northwest, isn't it?" he asked. When the operator had assented he continued: "Well, according to the papers they've been having a terrible snowstorm up there lately—roads all blocked and everything. More than likely the message will never reach the man it's intended for after you've sent it." The operator looked up impatiently. "I'm not running both ends of the line," he said. "I'm only responsible for this end. Probably there's someone at the other end who knows his business without my trying to carry his worries for him." How many of our worries come from trying to take care of both ends of the line—our own and God's!—Sunday School Times.

Nothin' to Worry 'Bout

A Negro washerwoman who had a very happy disposition was a constant source of surprise to her employer. She was never in the dumps. She never had any despondent spells, but was always rejoicing in the Lord. She was a very poor woman. She lived in two small rooms with almost no furniture or comforts of any kind, yet at the age of fifty-nine she was quite happy and contented. One evening her master said, "Jack [her name was Mrs. Jackson], what makes you so happy all the time? I never see you in the dumps. I never see you crying over anything. What is the secret of your constant joy?" Her reply was wonderful. We may all learn a lesson from it. She said: "I have no money to lose, so I never worry 'boat losing nothin'. What little furniture I has at home has all been given to the Lord, so if it gets stole or burned up, the Lord done burned up His own stuff. He never burned up nothin' of mine. And then I has a big, healthy body, and if I gets sick and dies, I'se going right to be with Jesus, so I never worry 'bout that. I'd just as soon that would come. So, you see, I haven't nothin' to worry 'bout, so I just sings."—Bible Expositor and Illuminator.

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