Matthew 7:11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Story: This story about Hudson Taylor – a well known missionary to China. While preparing for overseas mission work as a medical student in London – he came upon a poor family – the man asked him to pray for his family who were living under the stairs. His wife was so sick she could not even sit-up. The oldest was holding a new born baby – who was so weak from lack of nutrition. The rest of the 5 children were all skinny and bones from lack of food.
Hudson prayed for them but felt the need to help them physically – all he had was the money for his rental, which was due the next day. He did not even have money for his own food. Hudson gave it all to the man. Hudson went home thinking what a foolish thing he did – if he cannot pay the rental – he too will be homeless. He prayed about it and prepared himself to appeal to the landlord for an extension.
The next day, late in the morning he heard the landlord coming up the stairs – Hudson prepared himself. The landlord knock on his door – he opens it – the landlord handed him a letter and said “ your rent is due today” and left to do other things. Hudson had no opportunity to appeal for an extension. He opened the letter to read – still with an empty stomach. Inside the letter said “We hope this will be of use to you” – money for the rental and food.
God does give good gifts to his people.
Source: David Goh’s Sermon: Is There Any Good in This World?
Related Text Illustrations
Contributed by Frank Gallagher on Nov 26, 2000
These shepherds were symbolic of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd, who would also humbly follow God’s will. Their sheep represent us as believers, in several ways: - Sheep cannot clean themselves. Some animals such as a cat can do that, but not sheep. Likewise, we as unbelievers were not ...read more
Contributed by John Gullick on Dec 2, 2000
Brother Andrew tells of being in hospital full of resentment and hatred during the Indonesian war in 1946. Whilst in hospital a bible had been delivered to him. One day - he writes - I asked the nun who came to bathe me how it was that she and the other sisters were always so cheerful. "Why, ...read more
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Dec 11, 2000
A poem by Pastor Clinton Meininger from his book "Springs of Living Waters"tells us of the mysteries of life. He says: "All around me, Lord of life, My world is tumbling in. There’s nothing sure and nothing safe From gossip, greed and sin: And ...read more
Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Oct 18, 2000
I read of a Norwegian missionary, Marie Monsen, who served in China in the 1950s. She testified to the intervention of angels when Christians were in great danger. They had taken refuge in the mission compound only to be surrounded by looting soldiers and they were astonished to find that they ...read more
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Dec 19, 2000
"In late 18th century Poland, the Kaiser’s forces were burning all the Jewish villages. One village had been burned and nothing was left standing. As the sun came up the next morning an old Jewish gentlemen pounded a few boards together, made a sellers stall and opened it up for business. A ...read more