Thursday, October 3, 2019

Satisfied - Psalm 23:1-2

Have you ever noticed how easily we can be convinced that we’re lacking? Even when we’re far more resourced than at least 99% of the world, we somehow decide that even that’s good enough. It’s par for the course for mankind. The Israelites, the chosen people of God, were freed from slavery, which took numerous signs and miracles, and they crossed the Red Sea on dry ground, just to look back and watch the pursuing army destroyed by it’s vicious waters. But even after seeing the mighty hand of God go to bat for them over and over again, would stand on the safe side of that sea grumbling and complaining about “I’m hungry! Where’s my snack?” and such. How easily we, just the same, are convinced that we’re lacking. Their perspective was off and my perspective often suffers from a bipolar condition as well. I have to lean into Psalm 23:1-2 on a regular basis to remind myself to be satisfied, and to practice being content. “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” Why? Because I’m so satisfied, lacking nothing, that when he leads me into lush green pastures where most flocks would desperately graze, I lie down and take a nap in the cool grass. Get that picture in your head for a minute. Adjust your perspective and rediscover how satisfied you really can be in Him! 

The Royal Treatment - John 13

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