Fear No Evil

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. –Ps. 23:4 Jesus, our Good Shepherd, walks with us as we travel through the perilous vallies of life, and even at the time of death. Shepherds, like David, would guide their flock up through the valley to the high country during summer. There were good grazing areas and fresh running streams for the flocks there. There were also many dangers such as coyotes and bears hiding on the cliffs ready to attack. The shepherd stayed very close to thee flock, searching for these dangers. The sheep have no reason to fear because he is with them. The rod was a symbol of authority, protection, strength, intimacy and care. It was...

The Paths

The Paths

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. –Ps. 23:3 The shepherd leads the flock down the paths which are best for them. Sheep are prone to wander. They see a place where the grass is greener and off they go on their own path, not the one the shepherd has chosen. Eventually the shepherd will go find that wandering sheep and restore him back to the flock. However, the sheep may have experienced troubles because he was out of the shepherd’s will. Christians are like those wandering sheep. Our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, leads us in the paths of righteousness – right living. Sometimes we stray off the path of righteousness to the path of sin. We cut back on tithing or cheat on our income taxes because we need a little more...

Grace and Guidance

Grace and Guidance

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. –Ps. 23:2 This verse has the aroma of peace. What could be more peaceful than lying in a green pasture by a still moving stream with your Shepherd watching over you? It is not a rapid river, nor is it a stagnate pond. Bible margin notes call it “waters of rest”, which is understandable since the flock is able to lie down and rest. Even when the storms arise, there is still peace because Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd, is in complete control. The green pastures and still waters provide an abundant grazing area for the sheep. The shepherd does not give his flock a dry barren area to search for food. God provides His sheep with all they need, not only food, but jobs and homes....

In Due Time

“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:5-7 When trials and testing begin, what do you pray for? Most of us ask God to get us out of it quickly. We need to go through the trial so that God’s purpose will be accomplished. He is perfecting and purifying us. There are many reasons god allows us to go through trials. As we see in these verses, we need to be humble and learn patience. We are certainly not humble when we tell a sovereign God to work on our timetable. Only God knows what it takes to accomplish His purpose. At that time, His own perfect due time, He will exalt us; lift us out of the...

My Shepherd

The LORED is my shepherd; I shall not want. –Ps. 23:1 ?Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11). Jesus is our good shepherd, and we are His sheep. He loved us so much that He gave His life so that we can spend eternity with Him. A shepherd watches over the flock, guiding them, protecting them, and providing for them. How many times do we feel that we are in need of something that we don’t have? That fear is especially true when we consider what the future may hold. Those fears and desires come from our humanness. God has promised to provide for us. “And my God shall supply all your need …” (Phil. 4:19). He holds nothing that we truly need back from us. No matter what is happening, He provides exactly what...