Sixth Day: "The Lord is my SHEPHERD."
THERE are two things to be constantly borne in mind in connection with
the shepherd's life, not only that he cares for the weak sheep, and goes
seeking for wandering sheep, but
1. The shepherd generally in his watch-care over the flock takes his position
on some place of elevation. In this way he is able to protect the interests
of his sheep, and our Shepherd is thus exalted, and at the right hand of
God he has taken his seat. He is not standing, for that would indicate
a work not completed, and after the order of men, but seated, as our high
Heb. 10:11, 12.
Do you remember how, when our Master took with him Peter and James and
John and went into the garden of Gethsemane, he left the chosen three and
went into the deepening shadows alone
to pray? In the midst of his prayer he came back again to his disciples
for a word of sympathy, and found them sleeping. Have you ever noticed
the sentence recorded just at that point? It is this: "For their eyes
were heavy." It is the explanation given by our Master, and recorded
by the Holy Ghost, for their apparent failure. It was as if he had said,
"Poor men, they are tired out; they have had no rest; their eyes were
heavy it is not because they are indifferent." And it is just this
kind of explanation which he is making before God today, for you and for
me, in the time of our weakness.
2. The shepherd always stands between his sheep and danger, and our Shepherd
does the same. If we are living where we ought to live, and in right relations
with him, he wilt turn aside the darts of the evil one; but, if our walk
is out of fellowship, and our hearts are not right, it will be perfectly
natural and easy for us to fall.
So today, when temptation comes, put Christ between you and it. When sin
finds lodgment in your heart, break with it instantly in his power, for
the least sin, encouraged and not forsaken, will lead you to awful defeat
and despair. No child of God is strong enough to resist evil if he
is out of fellowship with Christ. Put him between you and every thought
SUGGESTIONS FOR TODAY.
1. Confess sin instantly today. Bear in mind that he is at the right
hand of God to intercede for you.
2. Bear in mind that men who have made shipwreck of their lives began with
a sin as small as the sin in your life of yesterday.
3. For today guard the point where you failed yesterday, not by the power
of resolution, but by placing him between you and that danger. He is ever
the secret of victory over sin.