August 10 – Stray Sheep
Oh Jesus, guide our footsteps lest we stray.
For straying, My children, there is no cure except to keep so close to Me that nothing, no interest, no temptation, no other — can come between us.
Sure of that you can but stay at My Side, knowing that, as I am the very Way itself, nothing can prevent your being in the Way, nothing can cause you to stray.
I have promised Peace but not leisure, heartrest and comfort, but not pleasure. I have said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation”; so do not feel, when adverse things happen, that you have failed or are not being guided, but I have said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
So learn of Me the overcoming Power of one who, though spat upon, scourged, misunderstood, forsaken, crucified, could yet see His Work had not been affected by these things, and cry triumphantly from His Cross, “It is finished.”
Not the pain, the mocking, the agony, but His Task.
Let this thought comfort you. Amid failure, discord, contumely, suffering, even now may friends and angels be prepared to sound the chorus, “It is finished.”
And he went a little father, and fell on his face, and prayed,
saying O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me;
nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matthew 26:39