Comment to those looking at my sermons: Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus and the things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses the same commit to faithful people who will be able to teach others also. (Be multipliers) 2 Tim 2:1,2
One of my favorite illustrations: A similar circumstance once occurred in the life
of William Carey, the pioneer missionary to
India. After his work was established, those who
supported him in England sent a printer to assist
him in the work. Together they began producing
portions of the Bible for distribution in India.
One day while he was away from his station, a
fire broke out and completely destroyed
everything Carey had accomplished. The building,
the presses, the Bibles, and worst of all, the
manuscripts, grammars, and dictionaries on which
he had spent many years of his life were all
burned and destroyed. When Carey returned, his
servant met him and tearfully relayed the news of
the dreadful fire. How would Carey react? Without
a word of despair or anger, William Carey knelt
and thanked God that he still had strength enough
to do that work all over again. Immediately he
began, not wasting his time or licking his
wounds. Before Carey died, under the direction of
the Spirit of God he had not only duplicated his
earlier achievements but produced far better
grammars, dictionaries, and translations of the
Scripture than the first time.
William Carey had learned what Job had learned.
Disaster does not necessarily mean the presence
of secret sin. Sometimes God allows the pious to
suffer just as He allows the impious. It is the
trial of our faith that worketh patience, and
without this trial the legendary patience of Job
would not be such a comfort to us today.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.