Will of God Sermon Illustrations

Will of God Sermon Illustrations

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Flow to Know God's Will

When I was crossing the Irish Channel one dark starless night, I stood on the deck by the captain and asked him, "How do you know Holyhead Harbor on so dark a night as this?" He said, "You see those three lights? Those three must line up behind each other as one, and when we see them so united we know the exact position of the harbor's mouth." When we want to know God's will there are three things which always concur—the inward impulse, the Word of God, and the trend of circumstances! God in the heart, impelling you forward. God in His Book, corroborating whatever He says in the heart; and God in circumstances, which are always indicative of His will. Never start until these three things agree.—F. B. Meyer.

In the center of the circle
Of the will of God I stand:
There can come no second causes,
All must come from His dear hand.
All is well! For 'tis my Father
Who my life hath planned.

Shall I pass through waves of sorrow?
Then I know it will be best;
Though I cannot tell the reason,
I can trust, and so am blest.
God is Love, and God is faithful,
So in perfect Peace I rest.—Gospel Herald.

When the Bird Stopped Struggling

Wordsworth, in one of his poems, tells about a bird that was carried from Norway by a storm. It fought hard against the gale in its effort to win its way back to Norway, but all in vain. At last it yielded to the wind, and instead of being carried to destruction it was borne to the warm shores of England, to the green meadows and forests. So when we try to fight against God's will we are making efforts which will come to naught, and are doing so to our own injury and loss. But if we willingly accept God's will, it will be for our good; we shall be borne on to blessedness and joy.—John T. Montgomery, M. A.

Go Slow

Be slow to take new steps in the Lord's service, or in your business, or in your families. Weigh everything well; weigh all in the light of the Holy Scriptures, and in the fear of God.

Seek to have no will of your own, in order to ascertain the mind of God, regarding any steps you propose to take; so that you can honestly say, you are willing to do the will of God, if He will only please to instruct you.

But when you have found out what the will of God is, seek for His help, and seek it earnestly, perseveringly, patiently, believingly, and expectantly: and you will surely, in His own time and way, obtain it.—Selected.

"My Jesus, As Thou Wilt"

The hymn, "My Jesus, as Thou Wilt" was written by Benjamin Schmolke, and is based on Mark 14:36. We can hear its heart-throbs in every line. Schmolke's home town was nearly destroyed by fire. Two of his own children were taken by flames. Later he himself was stricken with paralysis which eventually led to blindness. Yet he could sing his "Hymn of Trust":

My Jesus, as Thou wilt!
Oh may Thy will be mine!
Into Thy hand of love
I would my all resign.
Through sorrow or through joy,
Conduct me as Thine own,
And help me still to say,
"My Lord, Thy will be done."—Ivan H. Hagedorn, S.T.D., in the Sunday School Times.

Misjudging God

A lady who had an only child said to Mrs. Pearsall Smith, "I do not dare to pray, 'Thy will be done,' because I am afraid God will take away my little boy or will send me some heavy trial ' To which Mrs. Smith replied, "Suppose your child should come to you and say, `I want to be and do just what you desire today,' would you say to yourself, `Now is my opportunity to make this child do all the disagreeable duties I want done; I will take advantage of his willingness to please me by cutting off his pleasures today, and will keep him at hard discipline'?" "No, no," said the mother, "I would give him the best day I could possibly plan." "And can you think God is less just and loving than you?"—Sunday School Times.

God's Reason Always Perfect

To a severely afflicted man the question was put, "Do you see any special reason for this sore trial?" He answered immediately, "No, but I am as well satisfied as if I saw a thousand, for my Father's will is the perfection of reason.—G. H. Knight.

It Makes a Difference Who Is with You

What God calls a man to do, He will carry through. I would undertake to govern half a dozen worlds if God called me to do it; but if He did not call me to do it, I would not undertake to govern half a dozen sheep.—Payson in Sabbath Reading.

Seeing the Father's Hand

So long as we look at second causes, at men or things, as being the origin and source of our sorrows, we shall be filled completely with burning indignation and hopeless grief. But when we come to understand that nothing can happen to us except as our Father permits, and that, though our trials may originate in some lower source, yet they become God's will for us as soon as they are permitted to reach us through the defense of His environing presence — then we smile through our tears and kiss the dear Hand that uses another as its rod, and our hearts are at rest.

Judas may seem to mix the cup and put it to our lips; but it is nevertheless the cup which our Father giveth us to drink—and shall we not drink it? Much of the anguish passes away from life's trials as soon as we discern our Father's hand. Then affliction becomes chastening. There is a great difference between the two. Affliction may come from a malignant and unfriendly source; but chastening is the work of the Father, yearning over His children, desiring to eliminate from their characters all that is unlovely and unholy, and to secure in them entire conformity to His character and will.—F. B. Meyer.

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