Psalm 23:1-3 tells us that our Shepherd, the LORD leads us by still waters and shows us when to stop and rest and in the process HE restores us… I want to talk about HIM doing that for me.
After a hard work out you expect to be worn out. And there are times after being busy for several hours, I am ready to crash on the bed for a while. That is also true in the emotional realm. Many believers in Jesus are facing challenges and struggles one after another. There seems like before one crisis ebbs, another hits. Many, me included, sometimes feel completely worn out. Ready to just shut the door and crash on the couch.
Daniel tells us in Daniel 7:21 that the evil one is warring against GOD’s people and seemingly winning. In verse 25 it tells how the enemy defies the Most High GOD and wears down the saints. But you know what? Our GOD is bigger, our GOD is stronger.
There are some ongoing struggles in my life, plus many other crisis that hit like strikes of lightning in a fierce electrical storm. Sometimes I can roll with the punches in the strength the LORD gives (Colossians 1:20), but once in a while I feel beat up and worn out and no amount of prayer helps. That happened this week. All my strength was gone and I cried out to GOD and searched the Word but felt dry and so in need of a refreshing drink.
I closed my Bible and went to soak in the tub and I was thinking about GOD, what HE was like and how HIS ways and thoughts are not my ways and thoughts; that they are as high as the heavens are above my ways and thoughts but that they work.. Isaiah 55:8-11. As water gushes out when the faucet is turned on, so some science facts came flooding into my mind (Proverbs 21:1).
If I draw a circle, one large and one small with their centers just nine inches apart. If each inch represented 10 million miles my picture would show the distance between our earth and the sun. Now if I wanted another circle to show how far away the nearest star would be that circle would have to be forty miles from the sun I drew on my paper. I cannot even grasp what that is. I remember reading that if I started running the moment I was born at the rate of 4 miles every minute that I would be 700 years old when I reached our sun and 182 million years old before I reached the nearest star. And that is the nearest star!
The numbers get astronomical when we consider the farthest object science knows about… That and more is how much higher GOD’s thoughts and ways are above mine. And I think I know how GOD should do things?
In a setting telling of GOD’s Sovereign majesty, wisdom and power, Isaiah mockingly asks (Isaiah 40:13-14) Who has directed the SPIRIT of the LORD, or as HIS counselor has taught HIM? With whom did HE take counsel, that instruction might be given HIM? Who taught HIM the path of justice and taught HIM knowledge and showed HIM the way of understanding?
Wow! Isn’t that just like us, thinking we need to tell GOD how to handle things?
Just thinking about this simple truth about GOD, renewed my spirit. No wonder we are told to look (focus on) JESUS Hebrews 12:2-3 (Who is the radiance of GOD’s glory and the exact representation of HIS nature Hebrews 1:2,3) so we won’t grow weary and faint in our minds.
I had been beat up and burned out, and needed to stop and rest in order to hear GOD speak. But when HE spoke, I was refreshed. No, I still didn’t have answers to the problems, but my focus was back on GOD. Just knowing HE is in control, and knows what HE is doing takes the load off, and puts the song back in my heart.
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfecter of my faith.
Sharon L Manning