Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

“He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

— Psalm 23:3

Did you ever think about the fact that we were born to be led? Now that sort of goes cross-grain for many of us because there are many people who would much prefer to think of themselves as leaders than the led. But if we are Christians, we are born to be led because we are sheep—and sheep must be led. We all profess such: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. . . He leads me beside still waters…” (Psalm 23:1, 2).

I remember riding in a bus down from Jerusalem to Jericho years ago and seeing on the left side of the road a great flock of animals with a man right in their midst. Half of the animals were in front of him, and half of the animals were behind him, and they were all moving gradually up the hill. Our perceptive guide said, “If you will note carefully, you will perceive that all of the animals in front of the shepherd are goats, and all of the animals behind him are sheep because, you see, sheep will naturally follow, but goats have to be driven with a stick or a whip.”

Whose agenda are you following today? Is it yours, or has it been submitted to the Spirit of God that He might lead you? You will find that as the Spirit of God guides and leads your life, you will live a life more exciting and adventurous than ever you dreamed the Christian life could be.

Heavenly Father, thank You for making us sheep and not goats. Help us to follow Your leading and not to get ahead of You and away from You. Help us to faithfully complete the task well that lay before us now…