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Psalm 23:2 (January 16th)

“2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.”

In our hysteria, thinking we are in charge or control can feel overwhelming. We are so easily prone to overthinking things, overcomplicating, and feeling overcome by our inability. Our great Shepherd looks kindly down on us with eyes of compassion, mercy, and gentleness. Unlike you and I, our Shepherd never looks at our weakness and feels angry, frustrated, or irritated. As we run away for the fifteenth time, He still patiently, graciously finds us and carries us back to where we should be. He is faithful always to do what He has said, no matter what. Think of Psalm 103:13-14.

“13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”

Our loving Shepherd is compassionate to us as His children. He knows how weak we are, better than we even know. The infinite God of all is plenty aware of how unable you are to do what is right. While you are busy beating yourself up over your fears, failures, and disappointments, God is shepherding you to where you need to be. Sometimes through the rod, sometimes through the staff, but He accomplishes His goal either way. Look at the verbs in our Scripture today. He makes, and He leads. This is why we are told that Christ is our Sabbath rest, to not worry about battles because the battle belongs to the Lord. He will do it in your life as well, my friend.

So, determine this morning to rest in the fact that God is in control and then choose to work hard to please your great Shepherd!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Dan

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Colossians 1:28

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