Beside Green Pastures

on Sunday 24, October 2010

Have you ever caught yourself being frantic and stressed to finish a task only to be propelled into the next thing that demands your attention?  We wonder, “How did I get here?  Where is my peace?”  When this happens to us, it’s a good time to stop, take a deep breath, and connect with your Shepherd once again.  “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul!”

The Message translation puts it like this, “True to your Word, you let me catch my breath and send me in right direction.”  What is the right direction?  It‘s remembering who ultimately is in charge.  It’s casting our worries and anxieties onto him, thankfully embracing his care and goodness.

The writer of Hebrews examines the issue of resting in God.  The bottom line is that resting requires faith and trust.  Without faith, we cannot rest.  A sheep may be led by the shepherd into a peaceful, well-established pasture, but if he does not trust his shepherd to watch over him, protecting him from predators and providing him with adequate food and pure water, then he will not lie down.  He well not know contentment.

So it is with us, beloved.  Job 22:21 says, “Acquaint yourself with him and be at peace, and good will come to you.”  The more we know Him, the more we will be able to rest in his loving care.  He is our Good Shepherd.