February Sermon Illustrations

February 08, 2010

Held by the Hand

Mr. Sankey told the story of his little boy.

It was in Scotland, in the winter. For the first time the little fellow had on an overcoat in which there were pockets. With his father the boy was walking in a somewhat slippery place. The father said to him, "My boy, you had better let me take your hand." But the boy's hands were deep in the pockets of the coat, and so he kept them there until a rather bad fall on the ice showed him that his father's advice was good. The tumble brought down his pride somewhat and he said, "I will take your hand," and he reached up and took hold of his father's hand in his somewhat feeble grasp. Then another slip and his hand was unable to keep its hold on the father's and down he went on the ice.

Then it was that humbled in spirit he said as he raised his hand, "You may take it now."

And so it was that the father's strong hand held the child up when the slippery places came.

Happy is the believer who knows that he is in the mighty hand of the Saviour, and that He has undertaken to bear "His own" all the way home to His glory. It is He, the Son of God, the Lord of glory, who says, "My sheep . . . shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand. I and My Father are one" (John 10:27-30)—Scattered Seed.

Subjects: Guidance

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