Training Sermon Illustrations

Training Sermon Illustrations

The mountain goat which lives in the higher reaches of the mountains must in due season teach her offspring how to jump from crag to crag.

When they come to the edge of a ledge which mother has selected, the little fellow naturally hesitates, so mother promptly pushes him over the cliff. Terrified, the young goat manages to strike his feet against a jutting rock, and then he bounces safely to a trail below. Mother knows that there is a ledge below, and a trail that her son can jump to, for she has made these jumps many times before, and she will not lead her offspring into a task he is incapable of. The feet of a mountain goat are made 'non­skid.' In like manner God trains His people. It is through God-appointed trials that our faith is strengthened.—Christian Victory

(Deut. 32. 11; James 1. 12)

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