Ninth Day: "He leadeth me."
"The other side of the Christian experience is to be found in gracious activity. We not only think, but we act. We are not always lying down to feed or because we are satisfied, but we are journeying on toward perfection. But it must all be under His leadership. The shepherd leads the way; the flock, confiding from experience in His wisdom and goodness, follow. 'And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.' John 10:4. In ordinary circumstances the shepherd does not feed his flock; he simply guides them where they may gather for themselves; but there are times when it is otherwise. Take in the autumn, when the pastures are dried up, and in winter in places covered with snow, he must furnish them food or they die; and so it is not an uncommon sight to see the shepherd all day long in the bushy trees, cutting down the branches upon whose green leaves and tender twigs the sheep are entirely supported. Mary was the sister sitting at her Master's feet in contemplation, Martha the sister busy serving, constantly in action; but, as they both dwelt in one house, so must both these elements of the Christian life be in one heart."
"It is a mistake to think the life may be right without the green-pasture experience, and quite as much of a mistake to think that there can be genuine satisfaction without service. So our good Shepherd will feed us as He leads us out to live for Him."
There must be the reflection of His life in all we do. There must be the inflection of His voice in all we say. There must be the heavenly atmosphere of His presence in all that we are. Our Christian life is a failure if it is not possible for all with whom we come in contact to take "knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus."
"He knows how I am longing
Some weary soul to win,
And so He bids me go and speak
The loving word to him;
He bids me tell His wondrous love,
And why He came to die;
And so we work together;
My Lord and I."
Suggestions for To-day.
1. Begin the day by enthroning Him in your life. Make
Him your king as never before, and yield to Him your loyal submission.
2. Make a covenant with Him that there shall be only one path for you this day, and that the way in which He will walk before you.
3. Make a firm resolve that the day shall make some person happier, his burden lighter, his trouble easier to bear, because you touched them with your influence.
4. Make grateful acknowledgment to the Lord for the privilege of walking with Him one entire day.
From The Secret of a Happy Day: Quiet Hour Meditations by J. Wilbur Chapman. Boston: United Society of Christian Endeavor, ©1899.