I absolutely love this chapter in Psalms. I love it that it says He makes me lie down in green pastures. I’m glad that He makes me because I probably wouldn’t on my own. Like today, when I came home I just needed to rest. Our bodies will let you know when to rest it. God will let you know when you need to rest in Him. When we rest in Him He restores our soul, Amen! He guides me in paths of righteousness. It’s so very important to rest in Him. Just like we rest at night to be able to get up the next day. We also need to rest in Him so that He can restore us.
Below is the Peace on Earth Challenge for today, Monday, from Woman Living Well.
So our challenge this week brings Psalm 23 to mind.
1. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. 3. He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Are you experiencing the green pastures, the quiet waters and the restoration of your soul that Psalm 23 speaks of from resting with your Shepherd?
Remember how the crowds pressed in on Jesus every where he went. Every where he turned there was a need unmet and though there was SO much to do – he withdrew to rest. Luke 5:16 says,”But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
If Jesus needed alone time with God then certainly we do. Just think of the wisdom he wants to impart to you, the strength and the peace you may be missing out on.
Give yourself permission to not have your to-do list all checked off in order for you to rest and get alone with God.
This week’s challenge: Pull out your calendar and SCHEDULE a night where you will go to bed very very early. Take your Bible with you to bed and read in bed for at least 5 minutes. Read in Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2, Jeremiah 23:5, and Isaiah 53. These are prophecies that were fulfilled by the birth and life of Jesus. Get extra blankets for a warm nights rest, pray God gives you deep rest and that no one wakes you. Then turn out the lights and sleep. I pray that when you wake, you face the new day of Christmas stress with extra strength and vigor.
Leave me a comment and let me know how you did this challenge. I will share as soon as I get to do it!!
God Bless you!