Field and sky at Pecan Grove Park, Sherman, Texas, USA
HDR – handheld 3 shots, Canon Rebel T3i 600D
This is paradise on earth!
Psalm 23:2(a) He Maketh Me Lie Down in Green Pastures
The good shepherd MAKES his sheep lie down in green pastures. The sheep start grazing early in the day. They continually walk and graze all morning. By mid-morning the sheep are hot, tired and thirsty. The shepherd knows his sheep should not drink when they are hot and when they have undigested food in their stomachs. Sheep do not eat while lying down. So, a good shepherd finds a cool, grassy spot and makes the sheep lie down where they will chew their cud while lowering their body heat.
Is your Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, making you lie down in green pastures at this time in your life? Sometimes, He arranges things in your life so you have to lie down. This could simply be that the car is laid up in the shop and you have to stay home since you have no transportation. Sometimes, He allows you to become ill so you must actually lie down and relax and think about Him.
Perhaps He hasn’t forced you to lie down but has been telling you in a sweet, soft voice that you need to go to that biblical seminar, take that vacation with your spouse, or just go fishing this afternoon and let the dirty house wait until tomorrow. It is always best to listen to the voice of Jesus rather than put it off until He has to position you in such a way that you are forced to lie down in His green pastures.
The best way to find out what God wants us to do each day is to start the day off with prayer. Ask Him what is on your agenda today. Then you will know if this is the day to lie down in green pastures or get up and battle for him.
Many famous people of the Old Testament found God’s will only while “lying down in green pastures”. Elijah did not find God in the earthquake or the fire but in “a still small voice”. Moses saw the burning bush while he was out on a quiet hillside. Saul of Tarsus (Paul) was on a lonely, quiet road to Damascus when he saw the heavenly vision. And, Jesus, himself took time to be alone and pray.
Recently I read where most Christians feel they need to act 95% of the time and pray 5% of the time. God’s Word actually indicates that we need to do the opposite. Let’s pray 95% of the time and act on those prayers 5% of the time. Jesus sent out the disciples to conquer the world for Christ and He told them to tarry for prayer and the power of God. Yes, even the disciples needed to lay down in green pastures.
Taken from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess—-
The beauty of Thy peace.