When you dream of “peace” what do you see?
Rolling green hills?
Far away places?
I love that the heart of Jesus so knows the heart of us.
He knows what our restless, weary, hungry, thirsty souls need.
David captured it so beautifully in Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
Mmmmmmmmm….doesn’t that sound lovely?
In the presence of our Shepherd, WE LACK NOTHING. Just for the simple reason that HE IS WITH US.
This is the first and foremost thing that should give us peace. We have a Shepherd that will not abandon His sheep.
In the presence of our Shepherd, we EXPERIENCE GREEN PASTURES. Even if our present circumstances more resemble dry, brittle, dying grass. He soothes our souls as we LIE DOWN and LEAN INTO HIM. He offers us, His hungry sheep, sustenance and provision and the peace that comes with knowing that He knows right where we are and is right there with us.
In the presence of our Shepherd, we ENJOY QUIET WATERS. Even if the world around us is a raging, reckless ocean of chaos. He quenches the thirst of His thirsty sheep as we let Him LEAD US to that place of REFRESHMENT, right next to His heart.
How is your soul today? Is it long overdue for green pastures and quiet waters? Does your heart thirst for refreshment? Is your mind hungry for the nourishment of stillness?
Your Shepherd awaits….
Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God!”
Matthew 11:28 – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Philippians 4:7 – Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.