He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3, Holy Bible, New Living Translation
I watched a shepherd relocate his large flock from a depleted pasture to a more nourishing grazing area. The sheep were not distracted by the line of impatient drivers as they crossed the paved road toward greener pastures. They recognized him as their master and followed through unfamiliar territory without fear.
The Lord cares for us as a tender shepherd. When we recognize His sovereignty―that He is the God who created us―then we, like those sheep, will understand that traveling through unfamiliar territory and rough terrain may be His way to guide us on an uncertain journey.
Prayer: Lord, when I struggle on the rocky trails of the unexpected, I will trust You, my shepherd, to bring me to a place of quiet rest. Amen.
BY VIOLET CARR MOORE
Adapted from Moments of Meditation by Violet Carr Moore, copyright 2007.
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11 NKJV)
Have you ever noticed that God lets us experience desires that are contrary to His will? Sometimes our seemingly harmless wishes turn out to be contrary to God’s will, and it never goes well when we try to push His to match our wants.
Many two-year-olds face this scenario almost daily. They are eager to explore the world, and experience good things. They want cookies, and doughnuts, and candy. They don’t understand basic nutrition or safety. They see no problem with putting metal into electrical outlets, or playing in traffic, or climbing up a tall chair and standing unsteadily. If not for their loving parents, they would be in terrible danger. They don’t see the difference between a need and a desire, and they don’t always like having their plans interrupted by parents and their rules.
Like a loving Father, God has promised to meet all our true needs. He promises an abundant life. If His will is truly the focus of our deepest desires, then not only will He meet our needs, but He will grant our desires as well. He won’t withhold any good thing from his children. When He restrains me, it’s for my protection. His ways are higher than mine. He is sovereign, and He always knows best. He is good, and trustworthy, and He always knows exactly what I need.
Devotion by Kristi Moore
“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped. And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20-21 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)
As a young child, I still remember learning how to add and subtract. It was exciting for Mom to show me flashcards and to know the answer. Then I graduated to multiplication. Memorizing the multiplication tables was self-gratifying.
Life is full of mathematics. Job said it well, “…The Lord gave (+), and the Lord hath taken away (-).” To receive the pluses in life is great, but to experiences minuses from our life is difficult. I find it interesting that this scripture is in the first chapter of Job after he had lost it all. Job knew God was in control of his life and he said, “…blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Prayer: Lord, You are in charge of giving and taking from us. I want my response to be like Job. Regardless of what life brings to me whether pluses or minuses, I will continue to worship You knowing that You know what is best for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!