And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known…
I. SHOW THAT THE LORD'S WAYS ARE MYSTERIOUS. Of this we have many instances in His works, both of providence and grace.
1. Take, e.g., the case of Moses. Or, turn from the leaders to the people who were led.
2. But to turn from Scripture to individual experience. How mysterious God's dealings with each one of ourselves, from our birth to the present day.
3. If we turn from God s works of providence without, to His work of grace within, how mysterious indeed are the ways of our God!
II. Though God's ways are mysterious, HIS INTENTIONS ARE NEVERTHELESS MERCIFUL.
III. THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE HIS LOVE IS ABIDING. Conclusion —
1. If God's ways are mysterious, be careful to avoid forming rash judgments respecting them; beware lest you speak of them unadvisedly with your lips.
2. Still further, if we know God's intentions to be merciful, how safe are our ways in His hands!
3. If God's love be abiding, should we not lie in His hands, as clay in the hands of the potter? Should we not seek to bring every thought unto the obedience of Christ? Should we not shelter ourselves under every trial in Him who is "a strong tower and house of defence"?
Parallel VersesKJV: And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
WEB: I will bring the blind by a way that they don't know. I will lead them in paths that they don't know. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. I will do these things, and I will not forsake them.