Posted: Monday, July 29
2 Chronicles 24:1-25:28
Verse of the day
[Psalm 23:1-6] ([1The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake. 4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.])
[Insert These are verse we all know almost by heart. It’s also something that we deal with on the regular. There is always something coming against us and how often are we asking, “God where are you?”
The metaphor of the shepherd is used sixty times in fifty-four verses of the Bible. Yahweh is my shepherd! These verses show’s us the compassion of God. How he is our provider, saves us from danger and gives us guidance down the paths of life, through the word and prayer. Christ is always there when we feel He isn’t in the times we’ve gone astray. God is always knocking at our hearts.
If Yahweh (Jesus) is our shepherd and He is guiding us, then why aren’t we willing to follow His lead? Why are we in the mindset of “doing it my way.” We cry to God for midst of our despair and ask why you aren’t here for me? When all along He’s been walking with us. There’s a famous poem written called “Footprints.” It’s about a man walking across the sands of time, looking back over the course of his life. He sees two sets of footprints, his and the Lord’s. Then he notices that, at the most troubled times of his life, there is only one set of footprints, so he asks,
“Lord … I don’t understand why, when I needed you the most,
you would leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My child, I love you,
and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you.”
The truth is, God’s grace will sustain us through the difficult days of our lives, and all we have to do is lean upon his everlasting arms.devo here]