Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”
Habakkuk 3:17-19 Classic Amplified Bible “Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vine [though] the product of the olives fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation. The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincìble army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not stand still in terror] but to walk and [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!
Psalm 23 is one of my favorite psalms. It is a beautiful psalm that David wrote as a shepherd. We can learn a lot about sheep from this Psalm. We can learn a lot about ourselves as well. Sheep are very easily frightened, even the noise or motion of fast moving water can scare them. The wise shepherd leads them beside still waters. Sheep also need help to find food that is good for them.The good shepherd leads them to green pastures. Just like us, unfortunately what they think they want may not be good for them. Our Heavenly Father knows what truly satifies, He knows what is best for us. Our Good Shepherd guides us according to His perfect will, but we must choose to follow Him. He leads us along paths of righteousness. Too often we get off on our own paths, seeking what we think may satisfy, but all too soon we find we are left empty.
Emptiness, hunger, fear, neediness, stress, and worry all are barriers to getting the rest we need. This world is a scary place, and becoming more and more scary each day. Evil abounds. Yet, even in the midst of all of it, the Lord calls us to “Be still.” Just stop, in some Bible versions it says, “Cease striving.” When life becomes overwhelming just in the general day-to-day agenda, we find ourselves striving to make it through. And, when life throws a major obstacle in our path, like death, serious illness, or a broken relationship, we strive to find a way to get away from the pain. When a sheep gets entangled, rather than waiting patiently for the help of the shepherd they will struggle and struggle to break free. When they can’t find what they want to eat, they will wander off, even in the face of danger, to find that perfect morsel. We, like sheep, struggle and strive against our Shepherd to get what we want.
The Lord desires our trust in Him. He wants us to rest in spite of all of life’s problems and know that He is in control. “Be still and know that I am God.” The prophet, Habakkuk, was facing major trouble, possible crop failure, meaning no food, also no cattle, and without a flock, no wool. Life depended on these things, fear clutched Habakkuk’s heart. But, in thinking about all of the what-if’s, he remembered Who God is. He was then able to say, “I will rejoice in the Lord.” even if all of those catastrophe’s happen. He knew God is a God of victory. He trusted the Lord to be victorious.
Oh, to have faith like that. I pray that I can live from a place in my heart that truly knows that God is God. He is in control, no matter what happens, and I pray that because of that knowledge I will learn to cease striving. I want to rest in Him no matter what is happening in this world, and no matter what is going on in my life. The sheep learn to trust the shepherd. They learn to know his voice, to follow his lead, and to see that he cares for them. I am learning to follow the Lord, our Shepherd’s, lead, trying to stray less, and I am learning to realize the magnitude of His love for me. Growing to know all of that helps me rest, but it is a life long lesson. I am glad the Shepherd stays with me.
He makes me to have the feet I need for the path He has for me. What an awesome God we have. Find rest in Him.
Connection: Are you striving? What do you need ro know from our Shepherd in order to rest?