“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
I love this scripture. So simple and so comforting. With the Lord as our Shepherd we will never be in want of anything. This illustration of the Lord being our shepherd is such a beautiful picture of the loving character of our God. God’s word gives us so many different illustrations, but this one in particular is one that God uses in my life time and time again to remind me of His unconditional love.
Being a shepherd is a job that requires every part of you. Sheep are not considered to be wise animals. They are fearful. They are timid. They are wanderers. They flee in the in the presence of danger. But, in the same note they know that their shepherd is with them. To protect them. To take care of them. To lead and guide them. To provide for their every need! The shepherd loves and cares for his sheep day and night, no matter what!
In our ladies’ bible study we have been discussing how the Lord (our Shepherd) restores our souls. We have been discussing what restoration looks like and how we, as the Lord’s sheep so desperately need that restoration, the refreshing and renewing of our hearts and souls that only the Lord can bring. I have recently just been through a restoration process of my own with the Lord. My relationship with the the Lord had come to a halt. I was feeling complacent. I wasn’t going backwards but I definitely was not moving forward. My pride was allowing me to believe that I was fine.
I love the Lord. I know God’s word and what it says, but I had gotten to a place where I was no longer pursuing the Lord. What I found I was actually avoiding Him. I was avoiding Him because I was fearful of what He might say, or reveal about the condition of my heart. Thankfully, my Shepherd pursued me, broke down the walls of pride, and my heart began to soften.
It was hard, and painful, but it was necessary. I began to seek Him again. I began to pray again. I was no longer avoiding Him. He was completely restoring my heart and soul. Bringing me back to the place of intimacy with Him that I once had. The definition of restoration is the act or process of returning something to its original condition by repairing it or cleaning it. What a beautiful picture! This is what the Lord did for me. Even more than that, He allowed this process of restoration in my life so that ultimately He could get the glory. So that the people in my life could see the goodness of the Lord, my Good Shepherd. The good shepherd who left the ninety-nine for me. Thank you Jesus!
"He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake."