God's Sermon Illustrations

God's Sermon Illustrations

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Why God Watches Us

The biographer of Bishop Watts, Ditchfield, relates that when a child he was one day in the house of a very old woman, who asked him to read a framed text, "Thou God seest me." Then she said, "When you are older, people will tell you that God is always watching you to see when you do wrong, in order to punish you. I do not want you to think of it in that way, but I want you to take the text home, and to remember all your life that God loves you so much He cannot take his eyes off you."—Sunday School Times.

Love's Seeming Cruelty

Sometimes love has to be cruel to be kind. Years ago, in the days before stagecoaches had been superseded by railways, a mother and her infant were the only passengers in a coach in western Montana during a bitter winter. The woman had not provided against such intense cold, and although she could protect her baby, her own life became endangered. The driver quickened the pace of his team, hoping to reach warmth and refuge before her condition became serious, but the fatal drowsiness stole over her, and when no answers to his inquiries were returned, he stopped and got down from his box. The woman's head was swaying from side to side. He took the baby from her and bestowed it as comfortably as he could in a furry bundle under the shelter of the seat; then, seizing the mother roughly by the arm, he dragged her upon the frozen ground. His violence partly awakened her; but when he banged the door and sprang on his box and drove on, leaving her in the road, she came fully to her senses and began to scream as she ran madly after him, calling, "My baby, oh, my baby." The horror of her loss and the violence of the exercise to which she was forced saved her. When her blood was in healthy circulation, the driver pulled up his horses, and allowed her to resume her place with her unharmed child.Methodist Recorder.

"My God, how endless is Thy love!
Thy gifts are every evening new;
And morning mercies from above
Gently distil like early dew.

"I yield my powers to Thy command,
To Thee I consecrate my days;
Perpetual blessings from Thy hand
Demand perpetual songs of praise."—Rev. Isaac Watts.

The Father's Love

In one of Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman's meetings a man rose to give the following remarkable testimony: "I got off at the Pennsylvania depot one day as a tramp, and for a year I begged on the streets for a living. One day I touched a man on the shoulder and said, `Mister, please give me a dime.' As soon as I saw his face, I recognized my old father. `Father, don't you know me?' I asked. Throwing his arms around me, he cried, `I have found you, I have found you, I have found you; all I have is yours.' Men, think of it, that I, a tramp, stood begging my father for ten cents, when for eighteen years he had been looking for me, to give me all he was worth."

Such is the love of the heavenly Father for His sinning children.—Sunday School Chronicle.

Deeper Than That

That Christ may make His home in your hearts through your faith; that you may be so deeply rooted and so firmly grounded in love, that you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is "the breadth," "the length," "the depth," and "the height," and may know the love of Christ which trans­cends all knowing, so that you may be filled with all the "plentitude" of God (Eph. 3:11-19).

When Nansen the explorer tried to measure the depth of the ocean in the far North he used a long measuring line, and when he discovered he had not touched bottom wrote in his record; "Deeper than that." The next day he tried a longer line only to write again; "Deeper than that." Several times he tried until finally he fastened all his lines together and let them down, but his last record was like the first, "deeper than that." He left without knowing the depth of the ocean at that point except that it was deeper than so many thousand feet.

Thus may we try to know the love that transcends all knowing. We know what a young child's love may be, or that of growing son or daughter, or of brother and sister, or of husband and wife, or of parents for their children, or of a patriot for his country, or of a Christian for his God. But in each case the measuring line will be too short. We may even add all these measurements together and still we cannot measure fully this love of Christ. We may have relative knowledge only. We must say it is "Deeper than that." "God so loved!" A young convert has said:

"To write the love of God
Would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll
Contain the whole
Though stretched from sky to sky."The Watchman-Examiner.

From the island of Ambrym we hear of a beautiful word, the native word for love. Literally translated it means: "The heart keeps calling, calling for me;" and "love of God" in the native Ambrym language is, "the heart callings of God.'—British and Foreign Bible Society.

"He Loves You Too Much"

An atheist, blaspheming in a certain market-place, challenged God to show His power by striking him dead within five minutes. The five minutes elapsed, and following the tense delay, the man spoke to his audience, saying, "What did I tell you?" An old lady standing by said, "Sir, have you any children?" "Why?" "Well," said the lady, "If one of your children handed you a knife and said, `Kill me, Daddy,' would you do it?" "Why, no," replied the astonished man, "I love them too much." "That is exactly why God did not strike you dead," said the lady, "He loves you too much."Moody Monthly.

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