Truly a Comfort

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Psalm 23:4c says, “your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Now I get it that a staff could be used to pull me back to safety when the wooden hook is wrapped around me. That is comforting! But a rod to “nudge” me back in line doesn’t seem very comforting at all. Be assured, my friends, it is.

You see, the book of Hebrews teaches us that God’s discipline proves we are true sons of our Heavenly Father. As a matter of fact, scripture tells us that the Lord disciplines those He loves. “because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Hebrews 12:6

It is good for the Lord to put me on the right track. This is how I know I am His! I’m not suggesting that you sin to find out what the Lord’s discipline is, but if you do “slip and fall” into sin, pay attention to the Lord’s prodding - the still, small voice in your heart that aligns with scripture. When you hear it, turn back. Because He loves you! You are His child!

Imagine that His rod and His staff are truly a comfort! Oh the truth of His word.

And there you go!

No Fear

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Psalm 23:4 says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Shadows cannot hurt you. Seems basic enough to understand. So here’s the idea. I walk through the valley of the shadow of death — not the valley of death. The shadow doesn’t hurt me. It may look dark and looming; however, it actually gives me shade. And in the valley, Jesus is with me.

It’s like the hymn “Heavenly Sunlight” says…

Shadows around me

Shadows above me

Never conceal my Savior and Guide;

He is the light, in Him is no darkness,

Ever I’m walking close to His side


Heavenly Sunlight! Heavenly Sunlight!

Flooding my soul with glory divine;

Hallelujah! I am rejoicing,

Singing His praises, Jesus is mine!


So what do I have to fear? Not even death!

And there you go!

Truth Restores the Soul

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Psalm 23:3a says, “He restores my soul…”

Recently, I went away alone for a few days of fasting and prayer. Sometimes I need cleansing of both the soul and body. In my business, it is easy to lose focus on God and His perspective on things. But in the quietness of only God and me, I hear Him speak to my soul.

This time, He showed me I should think on what is true. Only what is true. Not what I make up or worry will happen. But only what I know is true or real right now. This truth is restoring to my soul.

It is easy to think my understanding of things is true, but actually only God’s understanding is the only complete truth. And the truth of the matter is, He wants me and you to know His plan - His will for us. And when we think on the truth, really meditate on it by reading and memorizing God’s Word, then our soul is restored. Praise God for His peace. The peace that is both mine and yours.

And there you go!

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!

Blessed Peacemakers

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Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Is there such a thing as a peacemaker in our world today? Seriously!

As we look around this planet, we see protests, fightings, brutality and killing. The news is full of hatred and war. In the midst of it all Jesus is still heard saying the words recorded in the book of Matthew, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.”

Peacemakers calm situations, even when the situations are escalated and out of their control. Peacemakers are satisfied with their life because Jesus gives them joy through God’s favor and salvation. Because of this, they are clearly viewed as children of God. For who else could act this way except someone who knows their Savior is bigger than any situation? They have peace and share it with others, no matter how bleak things look.

Even in the most tragic of circumstances, the peacemaker knows all is well for eternity, for those who know Him.

Spread the good news around you, peacemakers. Be joyful in Jesus, children of God.

And there you go.

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