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We all need a good guide

The world is often unsettled, upsetting, filled with unknowns.

Yet, in Jesus, we can experience peace, stillness, and a settled heart.

David, who grew up tending sheep, wrote Psalm 23 comparing the way God leads us to the way a good shepherd cares for his sheep. Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. As God’s sheep, we are completely dependent on Him.

Like a caring shepherd, Jesus takes us where we need to be. He takes us to a field to rest (Psalm 23:2), brings us to a stream to drink (Psalm 23:3). Both of these acts are quiet, peaceful, reflectful. Comforting. Think about how amazing it is to be on a hike and find a stream. You can cool your feet, get a refreshing drink, sit and soak in the peacefulness of that space. In these moments, the Lord restores our soul (Psalm 23:3).

As we follow in obedience, we learn that the Lord is a caring shepherd, a dependable guide.

As we follow in obedience, we learn that the Lord is a caring shepherd, a dependable guide. We see this in the Old Testament when the Israelites are leaving Egypt headed to the Promised Land. By day, the Lord guided them via a cloud. By night, fire (Exodus 13:21). He brought manna from heaven daily to feed His people. (Exodus 16)

Even later, in the midst of the mess the Israelites made for themselves — the disobedience that caused them to wander in the desert for 40 years — the Lord was still with them. He was still waiting to bring His people home. And when it was time, He spoke to Moses, “You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north” (Deuteronomy 2:2-3).

Then He guided them into the Promised Land.

Reflect

  • Can you remember a time the Lord has spoken to you or guided you in a way that restored your soul and brought you peace?
  • What are things we can do to be ready for and listen for the Lord in moments that maybe aren’t so peaceful?

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