Thoughts on Psalm 23 …continued
Where would God take us, His children, in this life? What kind of experiences will He allow us to have? Does He truly do everything with our best interest in mind? Consider this:
Would a shepherd take his sheep to a place where they could be attacked by wild animals? Would he take them where there was no food or water? Would he take them farther than their bodies would allow? Would he take them where there is no shelter from the storm? The answer is NO. The sheep are more important to the shepherd than anything else. His life is consumed with taking care of the sheep.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.(Psalm 23:2-3)
God will work all things together for our good. He loves us and wants nothing but what is best for us. Does that mean that He wants us to go through life without any troubles or hardships? NO. But, God will take any situation in life that we face and (if we surrender to His will and let Him) he will make good come out of it. What the devil means for harm, God will take and use for our good.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Even in these two verses from the book of Psalms, it is extremely clear what God intends to do for us in this life. He intends to nurture us, and to help us to grow in our faith (even if it means times of tribulation)
- He gives us times of renewal to recover from our trials and ‘valley’ experiences. (verse 2).
- He heals our wounds and picks us up when we fall. He teaches us when we fail and encourages us when we doubt. The Lord will take us all down the paths we need to walk in order to increase our faith and make us more like Christ. This means that life will not always be easy, and sometimes we may suffer so that God can heal us and/or restore us so that He may receive the Glory. (verse3)
No matter what we face, our Lord is in the midst of it. If life is easy right now, and without problems, then that is what you need right now and it is what is best for you at this time. If life is difficult at this time, and seems to be full of problems…then that is what you need right now and it is what is best for you at this time….but, God is doing something for your good, even when it doesn’t look that way.