"And ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall." (Malachi 2)
Yes, when the sun shines, the sick quit their chambers and walk abroad to breathe the
fresh air. When the sun brings spring and summer, the cattle quit their stalls and seek
pasture on the higher Alps. Even thus, when we have conscious fellowship with our Lord, we
leave the stall of despondency and walk abroad in the fields of holy confidence. We ascend
to the mountains of joy and feed on sweet pasturage which grows nearer heaven than the
provender of carnal men.
To "go forth" and to "grow up" is a double promise. O my soul, be thou
eager to enjoy both blessings! Why shouldst thou be a prisoner? Arise, and walk at
liberty. Jesus saith that His sheep shall go in and out and find pasture; go forth, then,
and feed in the rich meadows of boundless love.
Why remain a babe in grace? Grow up. Young calves grow fast, especially if they are stall
fed; and thou hast the choice care of thy Redeemer. Grow, then, in grace and in knowledge
of thy Lord and Savior, Be neither straitened nor stunted. The Sun of Righteousness has
risen upon thee Answer to His beams as the buds to the natural sun. Open thine heart;
expand and grow up into Him in all things.