The LORD is my shepherd II

Psalm 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

When I think about green pastures, I think about Saint Augustine grass that my wife planted. It is like walking on a pillow. Our dogs love laying and rolling around on the Saint Augustine especially in the warm late spring weather.

Life is not always like walking on Saint Augustine grass, sometimes it can be more like walking on broken glass; but even so what rest we have in Jesus Christ. You see, no matter what the situation is in our life that we are dealing with, what rest we find in Jesus Christ, and we find comfort in Him.

Psalm 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Have you tasted the Lord today through devotions in prayer, are you walking in Him? We are not just to meet with him in prayer, but to walk in Him day in and day out.

The next part says, “He leadeth me beside the still waters.”

A shepherd does not drive sheep, he leads them. You see, you drive cattle, you drive goats, and sometimes a husbands will drive his wife crazy lol, but a shepherd leads his sheep.

It is great that we do not have to figure life out, all we must do is follow Jesus Christ. We sing, “Follow, follow I will follow Jesus, anywhere everywhere I will follow on; but do we actually follow Jesus while He is trying to lead us?

Psalm 119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.                          

Jesus will lead us step-by-step, and day by day, if we will just let Him. When the Shepherd, Jesus leads us it is beside still waters.

Waters of tranquility which bring great peace. They are not waters like the Colorado Rapids but are still, calm, and soothing. Sheep will not drink from fast moving or rapidly moving waters for sheep spook easily and will run off. 

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Jesus has suffered great grief and anguish. Everyone had abandoned Him, the crowds that He had fed in the multitudes and performed many miracles on were now yelling crucify Him. The bulls of Bashan had beset and had circled around Him yelling crucify Him, crucify Him! What was his response? “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

How do you handle situations when it seems like the whole world is against you? Remember this, it is OK, Jesus has been there and understands. Remember, we do not have to overcome the world we just need to follow Jesus; for He has already overcome the world.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Stay tuned for next weeks, “Monday’s Blog”.

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