January 11 – Today’s thought – Lead on Softly

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Good Morning

This morning I am thinking of some who have suffered losses and are learning to walk a new way alone, and some who are starting on a new journey together. No matter where we are in our walk with the Lord — in the valley –on the mountain top.   He said, “I will never leave thee or forsake thee.” Go with God, Today

Genesis 33:12-14
And he (Esau) said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.

And he (Jacob) said unto him,(Esau) My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die. Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.

What a beautiful picture of Jacob’s thoughtfulness
for the cattle and the children!
He would not allow them to be over driven even for one day.
He would not lead on according to what a strong man
like Esau could do and expected them to do,
but only according to what they were able to endure.
He knew exactly how far they could go in a day;
and he made that his only consideration
in arranging the marches.
He had gone the same wilderness journey years before,
and knew all about the roughness and heat and length,
by personal experience.
And so he said,
“I will lead on softly.”
“For ye have not passed this way heretofore.” Joshua 3:4

We have not passed this way heretofore,
but the Lord Jesus has.
It is all untrodden and unknown ground to us,
but He knows it all by personal experience.
The steep bits that take away our breath,
the stony bits that make our feet ache so,
the hot shadeless stretches that make us feel so exhausted,
the rushing rivers that we have to pass through–
Jesus has gone through it all before us.
“He was wearied with his journey>”
Not some, but all the many waters went over Him,
and yet did not quench His love.
He was made a perfect Leader by the things which He suffered.
“He knoweth our frame, He remembereth that we are dust.”
Think of that when you are tempted to question
the gentleness of His leading.

He is remembering all the time;

and not one step will He make you take beyond
what your foot is able to endure.
Never mind if you think it will not be able
for the step that seems to come next;
either He will so strengthen it that it shall be able ,
or He will call a sudden halt,
and you shall not have to take it at all.
~~Frances Ridley Havergal.

Taking it slow. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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