1. Looking For The Wounded
3. Fragance of Christ - (GREAT-One of the best ever)
4. What Made Paul Rejoice
5. Help Us - (Acts 16)
7. Jesus Our All in All
8. Sword Conference 1991
9. The Cry Of The World
10. Help Us - 2006 Sword Conference
Looking for the Wounded
By Dr. Clyde Box
"The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together
the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth
up their wounds."Ps. 147:2,3.
In our text we see the Lord gathering outcasts, healing broken
hearts and binding wounds. That is a picture of the Son of God.
He is always doing thatgathering unto Himself outcasts,
healing broken hearts and binding wounds.
This morning I am concerned with the third thingbinding
up the wounds.
During the Vietnam War, a certain nurse was
the subject of much discussion. After a battle she would wander
away from the medical camp onto the battlefield itself. Sometimes
she would personally drag in a soldier who was in desperate need
of medical attention. More than once she was reprimanded by the
doctors. They told her she had no business on the battlefield.
Not only that, she brought in Viet Cong soldiers along with the
One day after a big battle an officer saw her
on the battlefield amid all the suffering and dying and death.
He began to rebuke her: "What are you doing on that battlefield?"
She said without hesitation, "Im looking for the wounded.
Thats what I am here for."
When I read this story I could not help but
think, Thats our job. When I read about this nurse, so dedicated
to the task of healing wounds that she would go onto the battlefield
itself and drag
in the wounded personally, I thought to myself,
Thats our job.
When Jesus saved us, He could have taken us
to Heaven right then; but He didnt choose to do that. Instead,
He left us here so we might go onto the battlefield of this old
world and look for the wounded. Our job is to go out into the
highways and hedges and look for the wounded.
Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). What
is He saying? "GO! Look for the wounded." He said, "Go
out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in
(Luke 14:23). GO! Look for the wounded! He said, "Ye shall
be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa,
and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth"
(Acts 1:8). Whats He saying? "GO! Look for the wounded!"
That nurse believed it was her solemn duty
to find the wounded and bring them in where their wounds might
be healed so that they might be sent back out into the battle.
So it is with us.
Now, I realize that the work of the ministry
is threefold. We are accused of being single-minded; but if you
are going to be single-minded, be single-minded in looking for
the wounded. I realize that the work of the ministry is to bring
them in, build them up, send them out so they might bring some
more in. But if we do not bring them in, we cannot do the other
Our primary job is to look for the wounded.
We are to go out into the battlefields of this world and find
them and bring them to the Great Physician who will bind up and
heal their wounds; then we are to send them out into the battle
to find other wounded.
But where did the war begin? Where did these
souls receive their wounds? Well, for the answer to these questions,
we have to go back to the very beginning, to Eden. There we see
that man was wounded, first of all
I. By Satan
This first great battle took place in the beautiful
Garden of Eden. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust
of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;
and man became a living soul" (Gen. 2:7). Man stood before
Almighty God as the masterpiece of His creation, and God said,
It is good. Then He gave man a command, saying to
Adam, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt
not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt
surely die" (vss. 16,17). And the battle began!
Someone else was present in that gardenSatan.
Satan began to tempt Eve, saying, "Eve, He doesnt want
your eyes to be opened. Thats the reason He told you not
to eat of the forbidden fruit. Eve, your eyes will opened. You
will be like God!"
She said, "Well die."
He whispered in her ear, "Ye shall not
surely die" (Gen. 3:4).
She ate, and she gave to her husband, Adam,
and he ate; and they were wounded by Satan. We see in the Garden
of Eden that beautiful masterpiece that God createdmanfallen
and wounded by Satan himself! Adam is naked now and stripped of
every righteous rag. He is blind now. Satan has gouged out the
eyes of his soul and left him in darkness. He is separated now.
No longer does he have fellowship with God. Instead, he is hiding
among the bushes.
But then God walked onto the battlefield. The
Bible says that in the cool of the evening God came into the Garden
and began to speak. "Adam
where art thou? Adam
art thou?" (Gen. 3:9). What is He doing? Looking for the
wounded. Adam and Eve had been wounded by Satan, but God was ready
to heal their wound. He found them and clothed them in His righteousness.
But the battle that had its beginning in Eden
began to spread until the whole world was covered. These two people,
wounded by Satan, plunged the whole world into the darkness of
Now we see the second wound. We see that men
II. By Sin
That sin of disobedience that took place in
the Garden of Eden began to grow until it covered the whole world
like a plague and came up before Almighty God as a stench in His
nostrils. "And it repented the Lord that he had made man
on the earth," and He said, "I will destroy man whom
I have created from the face of the earth" (Gen. 6:6,7).
Sin had done its duty! Sin had done its job!
But then the eyes of the Lord began to run
to and fro across the earth. What was He doing? Looking for the
The eyes of the Lord fell on a man by the name
of Noah, and "Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord"
(Gen. 6:8). God told him that He was going to destroy the world
with a flood and to build an ark of safety. Just before the Flood
came, God said to Noah, "Come thou and all thy house into
the ark" (Gen. 7:1). Noah and his family were saved. Mankind
had a new start.
But the battle continued, and the wounded began
to fall all over the entire world.
Third, we see men wounded
III. By Society
God heals those wounds too. One night God called a man by the
name of Abraham who was outside his tent. "Abraham, look
up at the stars." In my minds eye I have pictured that
so many times. Abraham, no doubt with his mouth hanging open,
began to look up at the stars. God said, "Count them."
But Abraham said, "I cant count the stars; there are
too many." God said, "So shall thy seed be" (Gen.
He promised Abraham a son in his old age. His
wife, Sarah, laughed, thinking it humorous that God would say
something like that. But God asked, "Wherefore did Sarah
Is any thing too hard for the Lord?" (Gen. 18:13,14).
I submit to you today that there is nothing too hard for Him.
But for a long time it seemed as if God would not keep His promise;
they had no children. Sarah, who had laughed at the idea that
God would give her a child to begin with, said, "God is not
going to keep His promise, so Abram, take my handmaid, Hagar,
so that she might give us a child, an heir." Abraham obeyed
his wife, and this was a mistake. He took Hagar, and Ishmael was
But God did keep His promise; God always keeps
His promises. Not too long after that, Isaac was born. Ah, how
they loved Isaac! He was the apple of their eye. How they loved
him! Abraham now had an heir!
But what about Ishmael? Well, Sarah became
jealous of Hagar and Ishmael and told her husband, "Cast
them out. We dont need them now." The society of Abraham
no longer had any use for Hagar and Ishmael. Abraham gave them
a little bottle of water and some food and sent them out into
They wandered into the desert until they had
lost their way. Their water was gone, their food was gone, their
hope was gone. Hagar took her son, Ishmael, and put him under
a bush a little ways away from her so she wouldnt have to
watch him die. Then she sat down on the hot sand, waiting to die.
Nothing in all that desert but silence.
But then the silence was broken as a voice
said, "What aileth thee, Hagar?" (Gen. 21:17). Thats
Almighty God speaking! Whats He doing in the desert? Looking
for the wounded. Hes out in the desert because someone has
been wounded by society. "What aileth thee, Hagar?"
He found them. He said, "I have seen you."
He gave them water and healed their wound. Hagar and Ishmael had
been wounded by society, cast out and left to die; but God had
not cast them out.
A leper was wounded by society. This man had
a disease that made him repulsive to all who looked upon him.
When he walked down the street, he had to cover his lip and cry
out, "Unclean! Unclean!" People who had a little compassion
would hang clean rags on the fences and trees so he might take
them off and wipe the corruption from his sores of leprosy, then
discard them. Thats the only thing society would do for
him. He was an outcast from his family and friends.
But there was One who came from Heaven, born
in Bethlehems manger, walked the shores of Galilee. There
was One who loved outcasts. When He came from Heaven, He was looking
for the wounded. The leper came close to the Lord Jesus Christ,
saying, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean"
(Matt. 8:2). Whats he saying? "I know You have the
ability, but do You love me enough?" Immediately Jesus said,
"I will; be thou clean" (vs. 3). One who had been wounded
by society, who had been cast out, was all of a sudden taken back.
The woman of Sychar, the woman at the well,
was an outcast. She had had five husbands, and the man she was
then living with wasnt her husband. She might have said,
"Once I was pure as the snow, but I fellfell like the
snow, from Heaven to Hell." She was a fallen woman.
One day Jesus was going from Judea to Galilee.
Now, usually when the Jews traveled from Judea to Galilee or Galilee
back to Jerusalem, they went around Samaria because of their hatred
for the Samaritans. They thought they were dogs. They had no use
for them and wanted no contact with them. Did you know that a
Samaritan was the only man under Heaven who could not be a proselyte
This time it was different for the Lord. He
said to His disciples, "I must needs go through Samaria."
Not understanding that, I can imagine they must have said one
to another, "Why? Why is He going through Samaria?"
Little did they know that the Son of God was
looking for the wounded! He had an appointment with a fallen woman
at Jacobs Well.
Sitting on the curve of that old well, He saw
her coming. He could see the marks of sin on her face, on her
countenance. But He gave her living water. She went back to that
city and said, "Come, see a man
" (John 4:29).
"Who is He?"
"I dont know, but He is looking
for the wounded."
If you have been cast out by society, He is
looking for you. Thank God, He still finds outcasts!
I led a truck driver to Christone of
the meanest men I had ever known. Little did he know at the time
that he had multiple myoma, cancer of the bone marrow, that would
take his life. He made me promise I would go and witness to his
I went. Now, I love to talk to people about
the Lord. I dont have any problem with people insulting
me, but this was the meanest man I had ever met. Before he got
saved, the truck driver was an angel compared to his father.
When I began talking to him about the Lord
Jesus, he began laughing at me. I checked my countenance to see
if I had something on wrong; I didnt know what he was laughing
He said, "You dont believe all that
garbage, do you?"
"You wouldnt give your son to die
for the drunkard on the street, would you?"
"No sir, I dont have a son. I probably
wouldnt anyway; but nevertheless, God did," I answered.
Sneering, he said, "I dont want
to hear what you have to say! Get out of my house!"
I left. In about three months his granddaughter
called me. "Would you go see Papa Morgan again? Hes
in the hospital and about to die."
"When I went to see him he cursed me and
told me to get out of his house," I told her.
She said, "I know, but I love him and
dont want to see him go to Hell."
When I got to the hospital, he saw me come
in, and made like he was asleep. Did you ever have them do you
that way? I got right down in his face and said, "HEY!"
"The doctor said I couldnt have
any visitors"lying to me of course.
I said, "He doesnt know I am here."
"He knows everybody; he knows youre
here. Get out! I cant have visitors."
I tried to talk to him about the Lord; but
he wouldnt listen, wouldnt even open his eyes.
Finally he said, "Get out, or Im
going to call the doctor!"
In four or five months his boy died, the one
who had asked me to go see his father. At the funeral, when my
wife witnessed to the old man he insulted her. Now, it is a lot
easier for me to take being insulted than it is for me to see
someone insult my wife. I was not around when he did it; I just
began praying for him. I said, "There is no hope for that
Six months later his little granddaughter called
again. "Would you go by the house and see Papa Morgan one
"Oh me! You know, I am not a masochist.
That guys cussed me so many times
"Just go see him one more time; I know
for sure hes going to die this time."
"Hell never die! Hes too mean!"
"Go one more timeplease."
I said to my assistant pastor, "We have
to go see Papa Morgan."
He said, "Oh me!"
"Well, I am not going to let it ruin our
day of visitation. Well take some cards and make some hospital
visits. Well win somebody to Christ. Then well go
by there and let him cuss us out, then go home." Faith! Looking
for the wounded.
We made our visits and had a good day. Finally
I said, "Well, we have to go by and make that visit, you
It was springtime. When we got to the house,
I could see him through the screen door. He had a big afghan pulled
up over him. I thought, Hes ready for battle. Hes
got a gun under that afghan. Hes going to shoot me this
We walked inside. One had to talk loud to him
because he did not hear too well. When we stepped inside the door
I said, "Amos, dont you think its about time
you got saved?"
"I sure do!"
Astonished I said, "What?"
"I sure do!" he answered.
"No, you dont. You dont believe
all this stuff."
"Yes, I do!"
I felt like a dog! You see, although I had
given up on him, God had not. The eyes of the Lord were running
to and fro throughout the whole earth looking for the wounded!
He was saying to me, "Clyde Box, theres a wounded soul
"Hes dead," I said.
"No, hes just wounded, and I can
heal his wound."
He bowed his head, and we began to pray. He
asked Christ to save him. We buried him six days later. Thank
God, God found the wounded. Although I had given up, God had not
But the battle for the souls of men continues.
The whole world is the battlefield, and the war rages. The wounded
are everywherewounded by Satan, wounded by sin, wounded
We also see men wounded
IV. By Self
I am not just talking about suicides; I am talking about pride.
One of the greatest enemies of the soul is pride. "Pride
goeth before destruction" (Prov. 16:18).
Because of pride, old Naaman almost missed
being healed. Because of pride, Uzziah was struck down by leprosy.
It was pride that caused Haman to be hanged on his own gallows.
Pride is a deadly enemy of the soul. What do you think it was
that caused the Pharisees to cry out, "Well not have
this man to rule over us! Give us Barabbas"? Pride. Old Caiaphas
shouted blasphemy so loud that he could not hear the whispers
of the Holy Spirit trying to get him to realize that he was a
Pride causes men not to humble themselves.
The battlefield of this old world is filled with the wounded souls
of pride. Embarrassment sends them to Hell. Isnt that strange?
Too proud to humble themselves before Al-mighty God! Too proud
to admit they are sinners! Too proud to weep! Too proud to pray!
Too proud! Pride would send them to Hell, and it is our responsibility,
our job, to see that it doesnt. We are to go on the battlefields
of this world and become fools for Christs sake so we might
find the wounded.
When someone said to D. L. Moody, "Mr.
Moody, dont you know that the world is getting to be a better
place to live in?" Moody replied, "I picture the world
as a wrecked vessel, drawing nearer and nearer to destruction.
God gave me a lifeboat and said, Here, Moody, save all you
can." Moody spent his life looking for the wounded.
C. T. Studd, that great missionary soul, gave
away all of his money and spent his life on the mission field.
He made one of the greatest statements outside the Word of God:
"If Jesus Christ be God, and He died for me, then there is
no sacrifice too great to make for Him." Studd was out looking
for the wounded.
When I was first saved, I was given a class
of twelve-year-old boys. I should have known after I had that
class for awhile that God had called me to preach, because if
you can handle a class of twelve-year-old boys, you can do anything!
I resigned that class and nearly gave up being a Christian for
that is, until I met Alvin. Alvins hair had
never been combed. You couldnt comb itit had seven
cowlicks! In fact, I think the cow had licked his whole head!
I went to visit him one night. He lived in
a dirty apartment house. I made my way to the second floor. I
knocked on the door. His mother answered the door and said, "Alvins
gone." But she was so excited to see me. "Oh, he talks
about you. Come on in. Hell be back in a short while. He
would just die if he missed you!"
I said, "Ill come in for a minute."
(I wanted to witness to her anyway.)
I began talking to her about the Lord. She
said she was saved. I waited about fifteen or twenty minutes,
and when Alvin didnt show up, I said, "Im going
to have to go. Ill come back."
She said, "Please dont go. Wait
just a little while longer. Hell be here."
I waited a little while longer. After about
fifteen more minutes, I stood up and started toward the door.
"I must go. Im sorry. I have some other visits to make."
She said, "I understand."
When I opened the door to leave, there Alvin
stood, with his shirttail out. He always looked like he had been
sleeping in his clothes, but his smile would capture your heart.
Grinning from ear to ear he said, "Im glad youve
come to see me. Listen; you said something in Sunday school I
want to know about. How can I be saved?"
I showed him from the Word of God how he could
know Christ as his Saviour. We knelt together, and Alvin put his
trust in the Lord.
He said, "Ill be there Sunday for
sure," pointing his finger toward me.
"Well, Ill be looking for you."
I knew he would comenothing could keep him away.
Sunday came, but when he didnt show up
for Sunday school nor for church I was disappointed. Alvin always
While giving the invitation, I looked back
and saw Alvin coming through the door. He was messed up all over!
His hair was sticking up every which way, and his shirttail was
out. He came forward, pointed his finger at me and said, "I
told ya Id be here!" He made his profession, and we
baptized him. Then I found out what had happened.
On Saturday evening his drunken father had
picked him up and had taken him from beer joint to beer joint.
At twelve midnight on Saturday, while his father was drunk in
a bar and Alvin was in the car, he remembered about coming to
Sunday school. So he got out of the car and began walking toward
the church. It was some thirty miles away, but he figured he could
make it! He walked until he got so tired that he had to find a
place to lie down. He found an unlocked car, crawled inside and
went to sleep. The sun woke him up the next daySunday. Thats
why he was late!
I loved that little twelve-year-old. He was
one of the greatest guys! He moved a year later to Garland. Three
years later I received a call. The preacher asked, "Do you
remember Alvin Calwell?"
"Dead? How could he be dead? The boy is
just fifteen years old! What in the world happened?"
"He was in a stock tank trying to get
a biology specimen for school, and he drowned."
I fell on my face and began to weep. My heart
was wounded. I thought, O dear God! He never had anything in this
life. He never even had a father to love him. Why did he have
to die like that?
Then I realized what I was saying. Why, I could
see him in Heaven! He never had a father here, but he has a Father
there. Then I got happy and began crying and laughing at the same
time! I could see him in Heaven with his hair sticking every which
way! Even the Lord couldnt comb that hair! His shirttail
would be out, but he was there because someone taught me how to
go out into the battlefields of this world and look for the wounded;
and I had the joy of leading that little fellow to Christ! Then
I got to imagining that one day when I see him before the bema,
the judgment seat of Christ, he will run up to me, stick that
little finger up in my face, and say, "I told ya Id
be here! Now Im here!"
This whole world is a battlefield. Its
exciting. I like to go out into the highways and hedges and knock
on this door and that and wonder what God is going to do, see
whom God is going to save. Its exciting to look for the
Oh, give me, Lord, Thy love for souls,
For lost and wandering sheep.
Help me to see the multitudes,
And weep as Thou didst weep.
Help me to see the tragic plight
Of souls far off in sin;
Help me to pray, to love, to go
Bring the wandering in.
From off the altar of Thy heart,
Take Thou some flaming coal
And touch my life and give me, Lord,
A heart thats hot for souls.
O fire of love! O flame divine,
Make Thy abode in me;
Burn in my heart, burn evermore,
Til I burn out for Thee.
God help you, God help me to be like that nurse
and tell the whole world, "Im going to get on the battlefield."
"What are you doing out there?"
"Were looking for the wounded."
Theyre everywhere, folks. The wounded
are everywhere, and our job is to find them and bring them to
the Great Physician who can heal their wounds.
Go out from here and look for the wounded.