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. (Psa. 23:4)
This verse has always intrigued me. I know we have seen many writers, including myself say that God is not after our comfort He is after our character. Technically speaking, He is after both. But what we fail to understand is that we will never be able to dwell in God’s comfort without fully submitting ourselves to His care and stop trying to do things in our own strength. If we want God’s comfort (which I know we all do) then we must be willing to be like sheep and place ourselves under His care. We have to stop walking in our own understanding but acknowledge Him in ALL of our ways and allow Him to direct our paths. God is not going to force Himself upon us He wants us to make Him our Shepherd. Only then does Psalms 23 apply to us. Simply praying it does not mean it becomes a reality in your life. It becomes a reality when you are ready to admit you are a sheep in need of a Shepherd. That means acknowledging that we all like sheep have gone astray (1 Pet. 2:25) and need to return to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. This takes a spirit of humility.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep. Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments. (Psalms 119:176)
Tune in next week for the continuation.