Our Good Shepherd – Worried?

Our Good Shepherd

Psalms 23

Oftentimes in Scripture, God is portrayed in ways that are easy for us to understand. One of the best-known and favorite passages in the Bible is Psalms 23, which begins, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Here, David offers a touching and poignant representation of God by describing Him as a shepherd.

In ancient times, shepherds had a special relationship with their flocks. They spent each day with the animals, guiding their paths, protecting them from danger, and corralling those that went astray. To the sheep, the shepherd was a constant companion, to the extent that the animals actually grew to recognize his voice and, therefore, to respond only to his call.

In Psalms 23, David acknowledges his position as a wandering sheep under the direction of the Great Shepherd. As such, he rejoices because he’s part of the Lord’s “flock” and God is such a gracious, loving Guide.

Because of his assurance of God’s protection and guidance, David was able to boldly exclaim, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me” (Psalms 23:4). This is truly a remarkable statement, because it reveals that while David was aware he would face hard times, he was able to rest in the confidence that God would safely see him through the ordeal.

Just as a shepherd knows his flock, God knows you. Thank Him today for allowing you to graze in the pasture of His blessings.


Worried?

For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Hebrews 4:2, KJV

Worry can lead to stress, which can result in all manner of negative physical manifestations. But what is the downside of worry from a spiritual point of view? Connecting a number of biblical dots results in a serious conclusion: Worry can be viewed as sin; sin is not pleasing to God; sin can keep God from working in our life.

Several times Jesus used the phrase, “O you of little faith” to describe people who were worried about the future: their physical needs (Matthew 6:30), their physical safety (Matthew 8:26), their inability to find a solution to a problem (Matthew 14:31), and their lack of resources for ministry (Matthew 16:8). In each situation, people were worried about their circumstances and Jesus linked their worry to a lack of faith. The writer to the Hebrews says that “without faith it is impossible to please [God]” (Hebrews 11:6), and Paul wrote that “whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). Worry is not from faith, so a lifestyle of worry is certainly not pleasing to God.

If you are worried today, confess it to God and put your faith in Him (Philippians 4:6-7).

Worry and worship are mutually exclusive. John Blanchard


Recommended Reading: Philippians 4:6-7

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