Twenty-first Day: "I will fear no evil."
HE does not say," There shall not be any evil," but, "I
shall not fear it."
It must have been because he knew that he had only to do with the shadow
of death, for death in its substance had been removed and only its shadow
"Some one has said that where there is a shadow there must be a light
somewhere, and so there is. Death stands by the side of the highway in
which we have to travel, and the light of heaven shining upon him throws
a shadow across our path. Let us then rejoice that there is a light beyond.
Nobody is afraid of a shadow, for a shadow cannot stop a man's pathway
even for a moment. The shadow of a dog cannot bite; the shadow of a sword
cannot kill; the shadow of death cannot destroy us." Why therefore
should we be afraid?
"There is no fear in love. Perfect love casteth out fear. Nothing
else can do it. You may argue against fear. You may deride it. You may
try and shame it. But all will be in vain. If you would master it, you
must expel it by the trust which is born of love. A man comes home fain,
and famished. His nature craves for food; but as he enters into his house,
he learns that his child suddenly stricken with fever is lying at the point
of death, and in a moment he has forgotten his hunger in the paroxysm of
love and grief with which he bends over the tiny feverish form, and hastens
to moisten the dry lips. Thus the lower passions are subdued in the soul
by the higher and so it happens that the most timid spirit which is conscious
of the presence of the good Shepherd can sing as it passes onward through
the gloom, and its notes vibrate with the buoyancy of a courage which cannot
flinch or falter."
SUGGESTIONS FOR TODAY.
1. If you are living where God intended you should, if this valley of shadows
be accepted as a present-day experience, then Christ will be between you
and every ill.
2. It is not God's plan that anything should separate you from him; and,
if anything stands
between you, it is either with your permission or by your choice,
3. Evil cannot separate you from him at any trifle. The table on which
was placed the show-bread of the tabernacle had about the bread a golden
band, and a hand's breadth away was a second band; so that, if any pieces
fell away, it must be over these two golden bands, which was impossible.
Round about us are the two strong arms of God; and, whether the psalm be
present or future, I can say, "I will fear no evil."