God will guide
The LORD will guide you always. Isaiah 58:11 NIV.
The Lord’s people are singular in their practices, and they have singular privileges. The ruling desire of their souls is to be right. To think right. To do right. To go right. They feel they are sinners, and therefore daily plead for sanctification. They know they are in danger, and therefore daily pray to be kept. They are liable to go wrong, and therefore they desire a constant guide. Here the promise of God meets them, the Lord stoops to their needs and gratifies their desires, he says, “I will guide thee.” Beloved, our journey is through a trackless desert; we know not a foot of the road, all before us is untrodden path; the road is lined with snares and dangers, there are many bypaths, let us therefore lay hold on this precious promise, “The Lord shall guide thee continually.” He knows the path. He knows our frame. He knows every foe. He knows what we want, when we want, and how much we shall want; let us therefore put the hand of our faith into the hand of his special providence, and say,—
Guide me, 0 thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land...
About the author and the source
Rev. James Smith was a Baptist and the predecessor of Charles Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel in London ( 1841–1850). He wrote a book of morning devotions for the people he pastored. It was so well received he added an evening devotion, and then a book of daily contemplations on short Scriptures, Daily Bible Readings for the Lord’s Household.
James Smith. Daily Bible Readings for the Lord’s Household. London: Thomas Nelson, 1850.