Tuesday April 26- “…I shall  not want”

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  .Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

(Matthew 28:16-20)

“…I shall  not want”  This does  not mean that we will get everything we want.  But that the Lord will provide for us what we need.  It also means we will be contented.  The pastor asked the children if they could recite the 23rd Psalm.  One little girl, maybe four or five raised her hand and said she could.  He agreed to let her try it.  She said, “The Lord is my shepherd, he is all I want.”  That pretty much sums up the Psalm, doesn’t it?

He didn’t promise us a big house, car, money, etc., etc., etc. But that he would care for us.  There will be hard times, but our good shepherd is there with us.

Contentment.  Can we say with St. Paul in Phil. 4:11 “… I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” 

“He makes me lie down in green pastures…”  

Sheep will not lie down eat or lie down to chew their cud if they are fearful of predators, if their is friction in the flock, if the sheep are bothered by pests such as flies, or if they are hungry. A shepherd is always on the look out for the next green pastures and practices rotate the flock so they won’t completely eat the grass to the very root.  Also he makes sure they are good grass, not poisonous ones. If the shepherd is near the sheep feel secure and will stop the tension in the flock..  He fights off the predators.  he has his bag of ointments to repel the flies bothering his sheep.

We can see how Jesus does the same for us. We trust ourselves to him and act on his promises.  There are so many in scripture.  “Lo, I am with you always,”  is pone of my favorites. (Matt 28: 20)

“He leads me beside still waters..”

Sheep will not drink from rushing streams, they are to skittish and frightened.  so the shepherd has to find quiet streams, pools, or deep wells of water.  Good, water that isn’t polluted.  If the weather is not hot sheep can go for weeks without water except what they eat with their early morning dew drenched grass. So the shepherd gets them up early in the morning.  We can see the analogy of our rising early and having our time in prayer and so we can drink deeply in his word.  Jesus told the woman at the well, John 4:14 “.. the water I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

“Christianity is  not a museum, but a restaurant to feed on for our spiritual lives..”

ME

Am I content with Jesus?  Do I want the blessings of God or do I want the God of blessings? Do I hunger and thirst for his word and being in his presence?

(Gerrie Wilkowski)