NEW SERIES: WHEN IT'S GOOD TO CHANGE YOUR MIND
If you haven’t already done so, please read the previous post for the introduction to this series.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
‘I shall not want!’ This was David’s joyous declaration; ‘I shall lack no good thing!’ Yet during the days when this chosen one lived as a fugitive, when he was hungry, betrayed and hunted, this statement didn’t look like it was true. However, David had learned to align himself with the Lord’s way of thinking—the essence of repentance (see previous post).
Sometimes we live in lack, despite the promises of our Good Shepherd:
Do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?”
or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
[2 Corinthians 9:7,8]
And we, like David, have a choice: we can characterise God as an austere disciplinarian, who gives us just enough to get by—because it’s 'good for us'; or we can let the disappointment that our prayers have not been answered cloud our days, and discourage us spiritually. Alternatively, we can see our periods of need as a bi-product of journeying in a fallen world. The Lord promises to work these periods together for our good [Romans 8:28], and so thwarts the plans of the Evil One to bring us low, but can never triumph over the Lord’s perfect will for us.
Like Abraham, (see last post) we can ‘face the facts’ but still declare our faith in our Good Shepherd who keeps His promises.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
The psalm goes on…
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
An animal which feels anxious, unsafe and unsure of its food supply is on the move continually; alert, restless and constantly feeding. The imagery in this psalm is of verdant pasture, rich, nutritious and plentiful; this sheep is at rest, surrounded by abundance, and confidant in the care of the Shepherd.
Whatever our circumstances, like David, and Abraham (and countless others in the Bible), let’s align ourselves with God, and speak His truth over ourselves:
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Then start to thank Him for His love and faithfulness, and His promise to work everything out for you.
Finally, speak out the declarations above over your life and family.
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