Usefulness Sermon Illustrations

Usefulness Sermon Illustrations

Asses and Horses

Balaam's ass saw what her master could not see, and sat down in the way in defiance of Balaam, but in obedience to God. Then the ass spoke God's message to the perverse prophet after he had mercilessly beaten his beast three times. The ass saved Balaam. Not long ago an English duke and three companions were doing some Alpine climbing. A blizzard burst on them: the donkey refused to go a step forward. A couple of guides came to the rescue and found that they (donkey and all) were within a step or two of a deep crevasse. The donkey had saved them. Men can be more stupid than donkeys. In England about thirty years ago a poor widow lived with her three girls. She took in washing for a living. Once she had no bread, and, kneeling down, she prayed, 'Lord, if you will only send food for the children, I don't mind for myself.' A knock came to the door, and the baker asked if she wanted any bread that day. 'No, thank you,' she said, for she would not go into debt for anything. The baker drove his van to the next street. Suddenly the horse bolted back and stood at the widow's house. Knocking again, the baker asked the same question and got the same answer. This time the baker whipped his horse and drove off to a street further on. For the third time the horse ran back. Addressing the widow, the baker said: 'My horse has come back here three times, and I don't understand it at all. It's something far above my thinking. I've had the horse fifteen years and she's never done such a thing before, so I'm going to give you all that's left in the van.' Several loaves of bread as well as other foodstuffs were handed to the widow. Now, if God can use asses, can He not use the weakest of us? If God can use horses, can He not use all of us? One more question? If the widow had gone into debt to buy bread that day, would God have wrought for her in such a wonderful way?—Alpha in the Indian Christian

(Num. 22. 28; Matt. 21. 7)

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