Green Pastures: A Peace that Surpasses all Understanding
In the verse below, we should take notice that the Lord is on the giving end, and we are on the receiving. This is what a good shepherd does. He supplies all the need of his flock, which allows them to become completely depended on him for their every need.
This is also what it means to live by complete and total faith in God. He leads and we follow.
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”
Psalm 23:2 (KJV)
King David is the person who wrote the twenty third Psalm. And being that he was a shepherd in his younger years, he knew exactly what it meant for sheep to have a good shepherd. He knew you had to find green pastures to give them a nice comfortable bed for the night, and plenty of good nutritious food for the next day.
He also knew a good shepherd would always lead his sheep beside still waters, when it was time to quench their thirst. Sheep were not particularly good swimmers, so fast-moving currents made them extremely nervous!
Also, if just one sheep would stray from the flock, a good shepherd would leave his entire flock just to find that one stray sheep. And when his flock was in danger, a good shepherd would risk his very own life to save them. He would even fight off dangerous predators that were lying in wait, just looking for a tasty lamb chop or two.
So, as we can see here, a good shepherd meant everything to his flock! Not only did he supply a wonderful quality of life for them, but often was the very difference between life and death for them.
Can you imagine how good it must feel to have a good shepherd who leads you, protects you, and supports your every need? And can you imagine what kind of peace and joy this must create in the heart of His flock?
I sure can...
Because, I have the Greatest Shepherd of them all. And He is the same Good Shepherd that King David was talking about in the twenty-third Psalm, Jesus Christ our Lord! But instead of taking care of a flock of sheep, Jesus takes care of us, humanity. And, once we become a member of His flock, He will be our Shepherd, forever!
For anyone who would like to join me and many others, by becoming a member of the Lord's flock today, all you need to do, is accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior!
You can do so, by believing that God raised Jesus from the dead three days after He died on a cross, after sacrificing Himself for the sin of humanity (us).
Next, from the abundance of your heart confess that Jesus is Lord!
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)
If you just made the Lord your Shepard, or have done so in the past...
Congratulations, you are now a member of the Lord's flock, and will be forever...
Now...Just follow Him!
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
May God Bless you all,
Thomas G. Sowell
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