A Thrill Ride

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Psalm 23:2b says, “He leads me beside the still waters.”

Yes, He leads me to the still waters, but sometimes I think the rapids look so fun and inviting. The excitement seems enticing, and it is thrilling for sure, but like all thrill rides, the new wears off and they become ordinary. I begin to want more thrills.

When that happens I have misunderstood this verse about still waters. It is life in Him that is continually thrilling and sustaining. If I sit with Him beside the still waters, my heart’s longing to know and love Him more will be filled. I will not need to be more and more entertained. He is better than life’s thrills. He is better than any entertainers I know. He has the Words of life. Where else could we go for this Truth alone!

He asks of us today, “Will you come with Me beside the still waters? I am the Living Water, and I will give you rest.”

And there you go!

Taking Time to Rest

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Psalm 23:2b says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures".

When writing this, I am resting in quietness in a screened-in patio in Florida. Outside is green grass and plant life of all kinds. The grass is prickly, not soft and smooth as some sodded yards in Missouri or for that matter, on the golf courses in Florida.

But I still feel like I am relaxing. Lying down in calmness with my Shepherd to guide me as I rest tranquilly. Without one care in the world.

My mind needs rest, and yet I hurry a lot. Not thinking on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report or what is of virtue or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Instead, I think on what is imperative and urgent. And God just wants me to lie down in green pastures and let Him have all my cares. Depending on Him and not worrying about what is coming next.

What a difference it would make to a lost and dying world if they just saw us resting and confidently trusting in our good Shepherd, no matter what!

Now I am not saying let’s get lazy and not work. But let’s slow down and see what God truly has for us today! We might be missing life in the green pasture if we don’t take the time to lie down, allowing the Lord provide for our every need.

And there you go!

A Case of the "Wants"

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Psalm 23:1 says, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

That does not say, I should not want or I may not want. It says I shall not want.

What could I possibly want that God does not provide? I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of things I do not even need, let alone want.

I often try to get rid of, not get more stuff. But when I get rid of it, I see more stuff that I want. For instance, I cleaned out my closet of clothes only to buy more.

How about you? Do you ever find yourself with a case of the “wants”? The Lord is our Shepherd. There is no need for us to desire to accumulate so many things. He gives us all we need. What would it look like if we believed and said, “I shall not want”? I suspect we would start giving more, become less selfish, and more like the Shepherd. What is it that you want?

And there you go!

Yes, Jesus Loves You!

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John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Now why do you think God would love the world full of people like you and me? He could have lived without us. And why love us so much when we cause so much havoc for Him? We wonder why things on earth are so bad sometimes. It wasn’t because He wanted it that way. Our sin and selfishness cause much of the ills we see in society. And all the while, His love, graciousness, and patience keep Him from zapping us all.

He is a God of judgment, but His first choice is to love. Judgment will come if we reject His love, but He wants us to accept Him and His love before that has to happen.

He loves you, my friend. Believers, share this fact today. Live it out! If someone has yet to receive this love, don’t hesitate anymore. Because yes, Jesus loves you. The Bible tells us so.

And there you go!

Loving God Freely

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Luke 10:27 says, “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” These are the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her famous poem.

Would we be able to give an answer to this question about our love for God? Do we love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind?

If our heart is not given over to God, we cannot love Him the way He deserves. When our soul is not at rest, we will not be able to love God either. Our strength is weakness without God’s power to love as He requires. And our mind without renewal will betray our love for God if it is not bathed in Scripture.

We are undone then, save the fact that God can and must take over our hearts, our souls, our strength, and our minds.

As the old hymn, “I Surrender All“ says,

All to Jesus I surrender

All to Him I freely give

Are you freely giving Him your heart, soul, strength, and mind?

For it is only then we will be able to love God as He deserves.

Surrender today as we obey the Lord’s command to love Him as He asks - heart, soul, strength, and mind!

And there you go!

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