Sorrow Sermon Illustrations

Sorrow Sermon Illustrations

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The Physician's Assurance

"Extraordinary afflictions," said Matthew Henry, "are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces." Sometimes we are helped by being hurt. A skilled physician about to perform a delicate operation on the ear said reassuringly to the patient, "I may hurt you, but I will not injure you." How often the Great Physician speaks to us that same message if we would only listen!—Sunday School Times.


Taken Aside by Jesus

Taken aside by Jesus,
To feel the touch of His hand;
To rest awhile in the shadow
Of the Rock in a weary land.

Taken aside by Jesus,
In the loneliness dark and drear;
Where no other comfort can reach me
Than His voice to my heart so dear.

Taken aside by Jesus,
To be quite alone with Him;
To hear His wonderful tones of love,
'Mid the silence and shadows dim.

Taken aside by Jesus—
Shall I shrink from the desert place,
When I hear as I never heard before,
And see Him face to face?—Gospel Herald.


A Test of Faith

An exchange tells the story of a man who was invited by an artist to come to his house, to see a picture which he had just finished. When the visitor arrived, he was shown into a home which was pitch dark, and there he was left for a quarter of an hour alone. He expressed surprise, when the artist came to him, at the reception which had been given him.

"Surprised, were you?" said the artist. "Well I know if you came to the studio with the glare of the street in your eyes, you would never be able to appreciate the fine coloring of my picture. Therefore I left you in the dark till the glare had worn away from your eyes."

Is not that the secret of many an hour in which God leaves His children in the darkness? When we are dazzled by the pleasures and successes of this present life—we cannot see the things that are unseen, and an interval is necessary in the darkness until the glare has worn away from our eyes.—The Alliance Weekly.


Shadows

I cannot think that God has meant
For shadows to be fearsome things.
Else He would not have given us
The shadow of His wings.
Nor would His tall trees by the way
Trace out a cool sweet place
Where weary travelers may pause
To find His soothing grace.
Nor would the shadows of the night
Enfold us in that tranquil rest
That falls upon the sleeping babe
Rocked on its mother's breast.
And though the shadows over life
May seem to creep apace,
Behind the darkest one of them
Is His assuring face!—Mrs. Claude Allen McKay.


Hymns in Suffering

It is said of Charlotte Elliott, the author of the "Invalid's Hymn Book," that though she lived to enter her eighty-second year, she never knew a well day. Her sweet hymns were the outpouring of a heart that knew what it was to suffer. Like so many other bards, she "learned in suffering what she taught in song."—Expositor's Minister's Annual, 1929.


The Son Not Exempt

All the saints must go to the proving house. God had one Son without sin, but he never had a son without trial.—Sunday School Times.


The Chastisement of Love

A week ago the newspapers carried the story of a father and mother, who, finding their little girl had taken and eaten something from a cupboard. began to shake and slap the child. When the child became tired and sleepy, they did not let up, but continued their shaking and slapping for four hours. What cruel punishment for such a little offense! No! It was compelled by love. The child had swallowed ten sleeping tablets and the doctor said the only hope of saving the child's life was in keeping it awake. We do not always understand the path through which He leads us, but we may be certain His chastisement is always born of love.—A. D. Hill.


Tuning

Even as a harp loses its tone, so the Lord's people often get out of tune.

When this happens it is necessary that they should be tuned afresh, and for this the strings have to be tightened. The Lord has to bring pressure to bear when tuning His own, so that they may not give out an uncertain and unmusical sound. Sometimes the tuning process is a very painful one for our spirits and our feeble bodies.

It is most interesting to observe a musician tuning his harp, resting it as he does so upon his shoulder. So in our own case while the Lord may have to tighten the strings very forcibly, we can praise Him for His support during the tuning process; and when we are tuned, we can again praise Him for the pressure which makes us more like Himself, so that others may hear sweet melody, and see the graces of Christ in us.—Selected

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