I'm reposting today. I shared this the first time almost two years ago and have gone back and reread it for comfort a time or two.......Here it is again for my newer readers.
"....Last of all there is another character of the true shepherd here mentioned, and that is, "He goes before them". In the countries of the east, brethren, you know that the shepherd goes before the sheep, and they follow him. When he says, "let us go the well," they follow him. When he says, "let us go down into that dark valley," they follow after him. So it is with Christ. Christ never asked a sheep to go where He never went Himself. He has borne all that He calls His sheep to bear. Christ went in a lower level of sorrow than you will be called to bear. Do not be alarmed then when you are called to suffer, you will not be called to go where He has not gone. Do not be afraid to put down your tender feet where He has put down His. And it is still true that He goes before you. "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Do not be afraid then when Christ is before you."
From a sermon by Robert Murray McCheyne, The True and False Shepherd, on John 10:1-6