The American Sunday School Times
As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you.
God doesn't need man's help in anything; but He chooses to call for it in a great many things. And when God does leave a place for man's work, man must do his part — or take the consequences. God is ready to give a crop to the farmer; but He calls on the farmer to plough and plant and harrow and hoe in preparing the way for God's sun and shower, and power of increase. If the farmer fails to so prepare the way of the Lord for a harvest, he must prepare for a famine — or starve. God is ready to give a blessing on our homes; but we must prepare the way of the Lord for a blessing there, by our love and our faithfulness and our industry. It is not enough to bang up a framed chromo on the dining room walls: "God bless our home!" As in the field and in the home, so in our hearts. If we want God's presence and blessing there, we must prepare the way for them. We must plan to find room for the Lord in our hearts. We must make ready to do His bidding We must decide to give up all habits of life that are inconsistent with His service, We must make a proffer of ourselves, of our time, of our talents, of all our posses sloes, to the Lord. If we refuse to do this, we must not wonder that whoever else has a blessing we are without it.
(The American Sunday School Times.)
Parallel VersesKJV: As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.