Who doesn’t enjoy a good illustration? Jesus used them masterfully, & the right illustration seems to drive home a point so perfectly & bring it to life. I hope to post a few illustrations in the coming days/weeks/months that will perhaps be useful to us preachers, but also helpful to all who read them for the simple fact that they will illustrate Bible principles. I will, of course, give credit when I know to whom it should go; if no credit is given, & you know to whom it belongs, please let me know, so I can give proper credit.
Here is a good first one:
It happened at the siege of Ladysmith. A man was arrested, court martialed, and sentenced to a year’s imprisonment. He was a discourager. He would go along the lines and say discouraging words to the men on duty. He struck no blow for the enemy—not one. He was not disloyal to his country. He was just a discourager—and that in a critical time. The fortunes of the garrison and of the town hung in the balance. The court-martial adjudged it a crime to speak disheartening words in an hour like that. And so it is. And that same thing is happening every day in the history of some poor fellow’s life. What this old world needs more than all is the man who can cheer.—Texas Christian Advocate.
Concluding Thought: May God help us all to be encouragers this year; the world certainly has more than enough discouragers!
“But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see” (Deut. 3:28).