Paradise Calvary Chapel

Devotionals

Jesus Our Shepherd
Anonymous - June 17, 2016
Devotional

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” Psalms 23:1-3 Shepherds are the ultimate servants in service to their flock. They tend to their sheep, correct their paths, rest them, feed them, and love them. Of course, Jesus is the Shepherd, and we are His flock. That is the perfect description of Jesus because He does all of those things for us. In His arms, we don’t need to want; we have everything we need. In His arms, we find rest, and in Him our souls are restored. It can be hard sometimes to remember all of that in times of desperation, stress, depression, and busy-ness. I know I tend to look at all of the issues in my life and pay more attention to them than Jesus. I worry about how to solve those problems rather than letting Jesus take it all. It’s a simple concept, something we learn from the Bible and our pastors very early in our walk with the Lord: give it all to God. I feel like I don’t do that sometimes, like I can handle everything life has for me on my own. But then God breaks me down and says, “Slow down, listen: I love you. I will take care of you.” And praise the Lord that He is a faithful God, for he always fulfills His promises. There are those days when we do listen to Him, when we do seek Him, and He is faithful to fill us up and restore us. “He restores my soul.” Amen! He fills us up every day, restoring us to full strength so that we, in turn, can give everything back to Him. When we seek Him, and sometimes when we don’t, God takes care of us. He is our Shepherd, and in Him we don’t need to want anything. He helps us rest, He leads us beside those still waters we so strongly need. He alone restores our soul, and He leads us into righteousness for His name sake. When you need rest, remember that God takes care of us, remember this Scripture. Pay attention to His powerful Word, and let it wash you anew. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions