Adversity Sermon Illustrations

Adversity Sermon Illustrations

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Like many another good man, David Livingstone was sorely tried in his son. This son, Robert, a restless, uneasy spirit, went out to Africa to join his fadier but, unable to reach him, found his way to Boston. The Civil War was then raging, and he enlisted in the Federal army. In his nineteenth year he fell on the field of Gettysburg. Before his father knew of his death, he wrote to a friend: "I hope your oldest boy will do well in the distant land to which he has gone. My son is in the Federal army in America, and no comfort. The secret ballast is often applied by a kind hand above, when to outsiders we appear to be sailing gloriously with the wind."

Happy is that man who, as when Jacob by the fords wrestled with the angel and refused to let him go unless he blessed him, is resolved that life, however much it may baffle him or wound him, will not be permitted to come to a close without having blessed him, without having taught him that fear of God which endureth forever!

If you encounter no difficulties, the office boy could take your place.—Sunshine Magazine

There's no sense in advertising your troubles—there's no market for them.

In the presence of trouble, some people grow wings; others buy crutches.—Harold W. Ruopp

All the water in the world
However hard it tried,
Could never, never sink a ship
Unless it got inside.

All the hardships of this world,
Might wear you pretty thin,
But they won't hurt you, one least bit
Unless you let them in.—Author Unknown

"Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle. After all, a smooth sea never made a successful sailor."—Herman Melville

Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt comes from the darkest storm.—Colton

Once there lived an old woman who was always so cheerful that everyone wondered at her. "But you must have some clouds in your life," said a visitor.

"Clouds?" she replied, "why of course; if there were no clouds, where would the blessed showers come from?"—Ave Maria

Let the child and the youth be taught that every mistake, every fault, every difficulty, conquered, becomes a stepping stone to better and higher things. It is through such experiences that all who have ever made life worth the living have achieved success.—Ellen G. White, Education

Among the students at a well known college was a young man on crutches. A homely fellow, he had a talent for friendliness and optimism. He won many scholastic honors and the respect of his classmates. One day a classmate asked the cause of his deformity. When the fellow said briefly, "Infantile paralysis," the friend questioned further. "With a misfortune like that, how can you face the world so confidently?" "Oh," he replied, smiling, "the disease never touched my heart."—Pentecostal Evangelist

The brook would lose its song if we removed the rocks.

Blessings of Adversity

Ill that God blesses is our good:
All unblest good is ill;
And all is right that seems most wrong
If it be His blest will. (Gen. 50. 20; Heb. 12. 11)

Brings out the best in the believer. Just as torches burn most brightly when swung to and fro; just as the juniper plant smells sweetest when flung into the flames; so the richest qualities of a Christian often come out under the north wind of suffering and adversity. Bruised hearts often emit the fragrance God loves to smell.—Selected

For our Good

Sir James Thornhill, a famous mosaic painter, was on one occasion painting in St. Paul's Cathedral, high up on a narrow scaffolding. Every now and then, engrossed in his work, he would step back for a better view. His servant, seeing his danger, hurled a pot of paint at the mosaic. Thornhill was at first very angry but realized that, by spoiling his painting, his servant had saved his life. (Job 33. 14-24; Heb. 12. 11)

How to view

'Whenever I find myself in the cellar of affliction, I always look about for the wine,' said Samuel Rutherford. (Rom. 8. 28; Heb. 12. 11)


Adversity misunderstood becomes a double curse:
Her chastening hand improves the good but makes the wicked worse.
Thus clay more obdurate becomes, to the fierce fire consign'd;
While gold in the red ordeal melts, but melts to be refined.—C. C. Colton

Sent in love

Is my gloom after all
Shade of His hand outstretched caressingly?

`Sometimes God sends His love letters in black-edged envelopes,' said Spurgeon. 'He allows us to taste the bitterness of want and the desolation of bereavement. If you have lived many years, you have passed through the narrows. We have all been there. It looks as if things have got out of hand, and somehow or other we have been forgotten. When there is no one at hand to say it to you, say it to yourself, "God is faithful, Who will not suffer the pain to exceed the measurement of my endurance"? (1 Cor. 10. 13; Heb. 12. 6, 11)

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