Hello! How is everyone? I hope all is well with your soul as you go through your day to day in life. I will admit that my mind is in many places as I go through my own trials and challenges. However, my heart is still for God and I long for His perfect will and guidance as I go through my circumstances. As my friend Amy says, our trials are big in OUR eyes even though other may know what you are going through, it does not affect them-so my intensity is not theirs and vice versa. Therefore, I stand on God’s word and promises because that is His hope to us all.
At this present time in my life, I have a need-and God is my “Jehovah Jireh”; which means “God is my provider” for my need. During this trial, I got to see the “wants” I have experienced in my life. The “funny” thing about all of my “wants”-things I needed to have, I gave away. I now see my trial as God’s “reminder” to me that He is all I will ever need; therefore, I shall not want. God is trying to establish contentment in my life (again). I want to be like Paul, the Apostle and always be content-regardless of my situation. “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:11-12) “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) It so easy to get caught up in the things of this world. For example, I LOVE to watch Home Shopping and I have (2) favorite stations that I would rather watch than TV. But, all of sudden, my eyes widen and I find myself saying”oooh…aahh…wow…I have to have that. What? Free shipping? Flex pay? Where’s the phone?” I get mesmerized and become one with whatever is being sold. This what the Bible says about stuff :”Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1Timothy 6:6-10) So, how do we do that? “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1Timothy 6:11-12)
Whether we go trials or not, one must come to know and understand that Jesus is THE Great Shepard .This is what He says about Himself: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (Joh 10:11-15) A true shepherd will watch over his own sheep and care for them. He protects the sheep. He makes sure they eat properly and that they stay within the flock because sheep are so dumb that they will eat themselves right off a cliff! Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd. They don’t think about what they want, or what to do, or, where to go. They just follow the shepherd-innocently, without a care in the world because they know from their experience with the shepherd that he will watch out for them. Oh, they may complain while they “bleat away” but,they still follow. And if one wanders away, the shepherd will leave the whole flock to go after that careless (even rebellious) sheep. Jesus has said :”The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” (John 10:2-5) And He said: “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” (Matthew 18:12-13) Jesus always used analogies to make his parables easier to understand. How a shepherd feels about his sheep is how God feels about His children. Most little children are innately cautious of strangers because they do not recognize voices. It is amazing to me that God gives us such tangible life examples and object lessons.
As I write this to you, I encourage myself because if Jesus is our Great Shepard, why do I worry about anything? I’m not saying to be foolish and just watch the grass grow because we must be participant in our faith with actions, but, why worry when God is in control and my own illusion (or delusion) is that I am in control of my life. The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want.
As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I want to leave you this word of encouragement from scripture. “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21)
In His Love,