“The Lord is my shepherd. I lack not nothing. He makes me lie down besides quiet water. He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3
How often have we run ourselves into a brick wall, trying to be ”the everything for everybody”? Much to our despair, we often end up exhausted and not very effective in what we tried so hard to do. We feel frustrated and defeated.
Many times our efforts are pushed beyond our personal limits and much beyond our expected levels of comfort. Actually, they exceed our own limitations and physical abilities. It is in these times that we must stop and look at what we are doing.
First, we must check our motives. Ask the question: Am I looking for a favorable specific response from the crowd or am I attempting to dispel unrealistic expectations from on-lookers? We’ve always been taught that, “Only what we do for Christ will last.” When we feel compelled to action, we must consider is this a God thing or a good thing and to whom is the glory to be given.
We must forever be cognizant of our motives and what pushes us to do what we do. Why would I feel the need to be the first to arrive on the scene or the last to leave? Am I overly concerned with the chatter that may take place if I fall short of the expectations of others?
God is intentional about His desire for us to live a life of freedom. Freedom from the unrealistic expectations of others and from ourselves. Just as intentional as God is about our freedom, He also wants us to feel free to rest.
In fact, He makes us to lie down in “Green Pastures.” These are the areas of flourishing and peace. This is the area that only God has stilled the water. There is nothing troubling the water, therefore, we can find tranquility and refreshing.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for giving me Your peace and the joy that You bestow upon me because You know what is best for me. Father teach me to feel Your gentle touch as You gently place Your hand on me to recline me into a peaceful state of refreshing.