Lord, how can we know the way?
(J.R. Miller, "Evening Thoughts" 1907)
Thomas said to Him, "Lord, how can we know the way?"
Jesus said to him, "I am the way" John 14:5-6
This is the first day of a new year. We are setting out on a journey of which we can have no knowledge in advance. The road is one on which we never have gone hitherto. We know not what any day will have for us . . .
what our duties will be,
what burdens shall be laid upon us,
what sorrows we shall have to endure,
what battles we shall have to fight.
We cannot see one step before us! How can we know the way?
As we sit in the quiet, this first evening, and ask the question, we hear an answer which is full of comfort. Jesus says to us, "I am the way!"
All we shall have to do, therefore, will be to follow Jesus. He has made a way through this dark world for us. He has gone over all the journey and opened a road for us at great cost. He went over the way Himself — we shall find His shoe-prints at every step.
He has a definite way for each one of us. Every mile of the journey He has chosen — and every place where I pitch my tent He has selected for me!
"Leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps!" 1 Peter 2:21
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"So Abraham called that place Jehovah-Jireh — The Lord Will Provide!" Genesis 22:14
Write deep in your heart this New Year's day, this word of sublime confidence: Jehovah-Jireh. It tells you . . .
that you can trust God always;
that no promise of His ever fails;
that He does all things well;
that out of all seeming loss and destruction of human hopes, He brings blessing.
"You have never traveled this way before." Joshua 3:4. There will be sorrows and joys, failures and successes, this year, just as there were last year. You cannot forecast individual experiences. You cannot see a step before your feet! Yet Jehovah-Jireh calls you to enter the new year with calm trust in Hi