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November 22

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. 2 He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff—​they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live. — Psalm 23

The Lord is My Shepherd

by Ellyn Sheets

Have you ever wanted something so badly you thought you would die if you did not get it? Four years ago, I had just landed in West Africa, where I would spend the next two years of my life. It was hot, it was dirty, it was smelly, and it was not home. Besides all that, the holidays were coming soon, and I knew they would be different and lonely. I would miss out on the usual festivities with my family and friends. Honestly, I did not know how I was going to survive without my family and my traditional Tennessee Christmas.

I was out in the village one day, and I began to cry out to the Lord, “I don’t think I can stay here! I think it is literally going to devastate me to be separated from my family for the next two years. I just want to go home.” After I had poured my heart out to the Lord, I felt the Holy Spirit stir a question in me. “What if Jesus had never left His home in heaven to come to earth for you?” Christ left the comforts of heaven to come to earth to save us all. Where would we be today if Jesus had not come for us?

That’s when the Lord so sweetly reminded me that He is my Shepherd, and in Him I lack nothing. I remembered verse 2 of the 23rd Psalm, "He maketh me to lie down in green pasture; He leadeth me beside the still waters," and a calmness and a stillness came over me. It is God's hand that makes my paths straight. I knew God was reassuring me by placing His hands on me and reminding me that we would walk this journey together.

In reality, the very thing I thought I could not live without was exactly what I needed to have taken away. By separating me from my family, God allowed me to see that I have all I need in Christ. 2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” When we are in Christ, we lack nothing, and He promises to guide us through life until we are home with Him. 

Praxis

  1. What do you feel like you lack?
  2. Are you allowing Christ to be enough? 
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