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Prayer Meeting - January 2, 2019

"He knows the way that I take." Job 23:10.

Untried, untrodden, and unknown as your future path may be, it is, each step,
mapped, arranged, and provided for in the everlasting and unchangeable covenant
of God. To Him who leads us, who accepts us in the Son of His love, who knows the
end from the beginning, it is no new, or uncertain, or hidden way. We thank Him that
while He wisely and kindly veils all the future from our reach, all that future- its
minutest event- is as transparent and visible to Him as the past. Our Shepherd
knows the windings along which He skillfully, gently, and safely leads His flock. He
has traveled that way Himself, and has left the traces of His presence on the road.
And as each follower advances- the new path unfolding at each step- he can
exultingly exclaim, "I see the footprint of my Lord; here went my Master, my Leader,
my Captain, leaving me an example that I should follow His steps." Oh, it is a thought
replete with strong consolation, and well calculated to gird us for the coming yearthe
Lord knows and has ordained each step of the untrodden path upon which I am
about to enter.

Another reflection. The infinite forethought, wisdom, and goodness which have
marked each line of our new path, have also provided for its every necessity. Each
exigency in the history of the new year has been anticipated. Each need will bring its
appropriate and adequate supply- each perplexity will have its guidance- each
sorrow its comfort- each temptation its shield- each cloud its light. Each affliction will
suggest its lesson- each correction will impart its teaching- each mercy will convey
its message of love. The promise will be fulfilled to the letter, "As your day, so shall
your strength be." –Octavius Winslow