Summary: What should we do when we find ourselves in a distressing or desperate situation in life? 1- We cry out to God 2- We look to scripture 3- We offer our praise
INTRO.- Life is full difficulties and sometimes it’s more of a disaster than a difficulty. Like Hurricane Sandy hitting New York and New Jersey. That was one of the worst, at least, for them. Or like that tornado that hit Joplin, MO, a year ago last May.
ILL.- Thomas Edison invented the microphone, the phonograph, the incandescent light, the storage battery, and more than 1000 other things. December 1914 he had worked for 10 years on a storage battery. This had greatly strained his finances. This particular evening spontaneous combustion had broken out in the film room. Within minutes all the packing compounds, celluloid for records and film, and other flammable goods were in flames. Fire departments from eight surrounding towns arrived, but the heat was so intense and the water pressure so low that the attempt to douse the flames was futile. Everything was destroyed. Edison was 67. With all his assets going up in flames (although the damage exceeded two million dollars, the buildings were only insured for $238,000 because they were made of concrete and thought to be fireproof), would his spirit be broken?
The inventor’s 24-year old son, Charles, searched frantically for his father. He finally found him, calmly watching the fire, his face glowing in the reflection, his white hair blowing in the wind. "My heart ached for him," said Charles. " He was 67--no longer a young man--and everything was going up in flames. When he saw me, he shouted, ’Charles, where’s your mother?’ ‘When I told him I didn’t know, he said, ’Find her. Bring her here. She will never see anything like this as long as she lives.’"
The next morning, Edison looked at the ruins and said, "There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start all over." Three weeks after the fire, Edison managed to deliver the first phonograph.
Not all disasters turn out so well as this one did. And whenever difficulties or disasters of any kind come, what do we do? Do we ask for help or do we try to “gut it out” on our own?
Life’s difficulties call for help: Work problems, financial problems, raising kids, aging, health problems, etc. We all need help along the road of life. We often find ourselves in difficult or desperate situations.
PROP.- What should we do when we find ourselves in a distressing or desperate situation in life?
1- We cry out to God
2- We look to scripture
3- We offer our praise
I. WE CRY OUT TO GOD
1 I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands
and my soul refused to be comforted.
3 I remembered you, O God, and I groaned;
I mused, and my spirit grew faint.
ILL.- Jim happened to meet the minister on the street one day, and during the conversation told him of all the troubles he had had during the past year. He wound up with: “I tell you right now, preacher, it’s enough to make a man lose his religion.” “Seems to me, Jim,” the minister told him quietly, “it’s enough to make a man use his religion.”