Eighteenth Day: "For his name's sake."
There could no greater blessing come into your life than that you should look up in every circumstance, and say,—
Lead thou me on
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone."
But we do not need to plead for this leadership. He is pledged to it by the greatness of his own great name. The name indicates the honor and character of God, and these are committed to your care and mine. "The leading of a saint is guaranteed by their immutability." His name is—
Wonderful. You can think of nothing in the way of blessing he will not press into your life.
Counsellor. You can imagine no circumstance so trying that his judgment will fail you, nothing so trivial that he will turn away from the settlement of it.
The Everlasting Father. The love of a father, the patience of a father, the helpfulness of a father, are his; but they are to be multiplied by infinity, and they are yours forever. Claim their helpfulness in your life, they are your inheritance.
The Prince of peace. By that name he is pledged to you to bring rest in place of restlessness, harmony instead of confusion, and peace in the place of strife and worry.
"Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
"Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed:
To do the will of Jesus,—this is rest.
"It is enough earth's struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus call us to heaven's perfect peace."
Suggestions for To-day.
Remember three things give us the right to use a name:—
1. A legal relation. You have a right to use the name of your partner in business, and you are bound to him by a law which cannot be broken.
2. A life relation. You have the right to use the name of your father, and you are born from above, having the very life of God.
3. A love relation. Your wife has the right and the privilege of your name, and you are bound to God by a love which nothing in time or eternity can affect.
Because of these things you have the right to claim the blessing of his name, for the sake of it he is pledged to hear your claim and honor it.
From The Secret of a Happy Day: Quiet Hour Meditations by J. Wilbur Chapman. Boston: United Society of Christian Endeavor, ©1899.