Finding Grace in the Wilderness
I. THE PLACE THAT WAS DESOLATE
II. THE PATH THAT WAS DREADED
A. THE LONELINESS OF THE WAY
B. THE HARDNESS OF THE WAY
C. THE EMPTINESS OF THE WAY
III. THE PROVISION THAT WAS DISCOVERED
1. THEY FOUND A DAILY PROVISION
2. THEY FOUND THE DIVINE PRESENCE
3. THEY FOUND A DIVINE PURPOSE
The Russian Czar, Alexander, used to love to disguise himself and mingle with his people to hear what they had to say. One night he visited the army camp and listened to some soldiers. While passing a tent, he saw a young soldier sitting at a table with his head on his arm, sound asleep.
The Czar tiptoed to the back of the chair and looked over his shoulder. There on the table before him he saw a loaded revolver. Beside the revolver was a sheet of paper with a long list of gambling debts.
After seeing the total the Czar noted a sentence below the figures saying, "who can pay so much?" Suddenly the czar understood the situation. The young officer had gambled away all he had and was about to take his own life for fear of not being able to meet his debts.
Then the czar took up the pen and below the young soldiers question wrote the words "I, Alexander, Czar of Russia". Quietly, he turned away and went home.
The next morning the young officer woke up and immediately took hold of the revolver when suddenly he saw writing on his letter that he had not put there. He read the words of the Czar and in amazement he dropped the revolver. At that moment a messenger came to his tent with a bag of money from the Czar.
The young soldier's debt was paid and his life was spared.
My subject today is finding Grace in the Wilderness. Oh the wonderful, Grace of God.
IV. THE PLACE THAT WAS DESOLATE
The people were in the wilderness and sometimes life as we know it has in it, at times a great deal in common with the wilderness.
The wilder ...
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