Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most. Even when walking through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow! Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home. Psalm 23 (TLB)
Lilia Roberts lives in Chubut, Argentina. On a recent bicycle ride, she spotted a flock of sheep. They were quite calm and appeared to be resting. None seemed nervous. This image, she thought, can be an example for us as children of God.
In reality, sometimes our circumstances infringe upon our peace and rob us of tranquility. For many reasons, worries and fears may overwhelm us in different situations. Uncertainty can weigh heavily on us and keep us from enjoying the calm and peace that Lilia saw in that flock of sheep.
But the picture of God described by the psalmist in Psalm 23 remains true for us today: God will care for us, offer us rest, protect us from harm, and supply our needs. We can be sure that when we place our trust in the Lord as our shepherd, we will lack nothing,
Prayer: dear Lord, help us to place our complete trust in you and find rest in your promises, in the name of Jesus. Amen.