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Isaiah 25



Verse 4

Isaiah 25:4

I. This is a world where storms often gather, and tempests on this planet are never out of place. The storm has also its mission and its work as well as the calm. Now, among men, adversity of all kinds is a powerful agent in accomplishing necessary spiritual operations.

II. This is a time of storms, and tempests here are not out of season. The days of man upon earth are as the winter of his life. Death is the seedtime, and immortality is the spring and summer and harvest. When the spring and summer have come, snow and hail are out of season; but during the winter of our being—the days we spend upon earth—hail and snow and rain are in season.

III. Every storm, however, is raised and guided under the eye and hand of God. The stormy wind does not surprise Him, neither does it master Him; it only fulfils His decree; it simply accomplishes His word.

IV. The object of every storm is good, although the present experience of it is not joyous, but grievous; and hence the need of a refuge, even to the child of God. It is quite true that no storm can ultimately hurt him; but any storm may terribly disquiet him, if he have not a refuge in the storm, and if he make not full and complete use of that refuge. And where is the refuge? "God is a refuge for us."

V. A place to be a refuge must be out of the storm; or if in the midst of the storm, it must be stronger than the storm. God is a refuge from the storm—a refuge required by all, and resorted to by many, but in which there is always room—a refuge stronger than the concentrated force of all the storms which have ever raged—a refuge in which we may stay until all storms are over, and a refuge affording efficient shelter.

S. Martin, Westminster Chapel Pulpit, 4th series, No. 13.

References: Isaiah 25:6.—G. Brooks, Outlines of Sermons, p. 139; Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xiv., No. 846. Isaiah 25:6-8.—J. M. Neale, Sermons on Passages from the Prophets, vol. i., p. 66. Isaiah 25:7.—S. Cox, Expositor, 2nd series, vol. iv., p. 331. Isaiah 25:8, Isaiah 25:9.—Clergyman's Magazine, vol. xiii., p. 279. Isaiah 25:9.—H. P. Liddon, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xiii., p. 1; Ibid., Old Testament Outlines, p. 185; J. Vaughan, Fifty Sermons, 6th series, p. 140; Preacher's Monthly, vol. v., p. 69; Bishop Walsham How, Plain Words, 2nd series, p. 10. Isaiah 26:3.—F. W. Farrar, Penny Pulpit, No. 955 (see also Old Testament Outlines, p. 187); Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. xxxi., No. 1818; Preacher's Monthly, vol. viii., p. 181; C. White, Literary Churchman Sermons, p. 181. Isaiah 26:4.—Spurgeon, Evening by Evening, p. 188; Outline Sermons to Children, p. 87.


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