Sermon illustrations: Trials

Faith to Trust God During Trials

A young woman named Anne Steele had encountered one trial and disappointment after another. Her...

The Reasons for J. C. Penney’s Success

On one occasion J. C. Penney was asked the reason for His success. He said, “Adversity, and Jesus...

Two Frogs in Cream

Two frogs fell into a tub of cream. One looked at the high sides of the tub which were too...

God Chooses the Furnace

On a wall in his bedroom Charles Spurgeon had a plaque with Isaiah 48:10 on it: “. . . I have...

The Purpose of Afflictions

Repeated afflictions come, not as lightning on the scathed tree, blasting it yet more and more,...

Tension and Blessings

A typical concert piano has over 240 strings that, when tuned and tightened, create a pull of 40,...

The Cushion of the Sea

A submarine was being tested and had to remain submerged for many hours. When it returned to the...

Even a Child Is Known by His Doings

After school one day, a first-grade boy said, “Mom, the teacher asked me today if I have any...

When Mother Used the Pacifier

Clara was in the midst of one of the worst days of her life: The washing machine broke down, the...

Turn Trials into Pearls

The oyster takes a grain of sand and turns it into a beautiful pearl. Many people are just the...

Praising God in the Midst of Trials

I visited one who was ill in bed; and, after having buried seven of her family in six months, had...

Indications of a Bad Day

You know it will be a bad day when: You wake up face down on the pavement.Your wife says, “Good...

A Leaky Drain

A friend of mine awoke one morning to find a puddle of water in the middle of his king-size water...

What the Doctor Forgot to Say

Doctor to patient: “I have bad news and worse news.” Patient: “So let’s have it.” Doctor: “The bad...

Trust God from the Start

Vance Havner told a story about an elderly lady who was greatly disturbed by her many troubles—both...

William Carey's Fire

After William Carey was well established in his pioneer missionary work in India, his supporters in...

Heat Forms Porcelain

A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the...

Pressure Forms Diamonds

Diamonds are formed under great pressure and heat. If these conditions do not exist, they are...

Horse Survives Being Shot With Crossbow

A horse shot twice with a crossbow survived after four fellow mares spent three hours taking turns...

Broken Nose Results in Lifetime Membership

A high-school boy in New York City broke his nose. He was excused from school in order to go to a...

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