This week, as I am working through Psalm 23, a quote by David Guzik resonated with me - and I want to share it! "The sheep didn't need to know where the green pastures or still waters were; all he needed to know was where the shepherd was." Woah. It is all to easy for me to get focused more on my circumstances, where I am, and where I am going than to focus on my Shepherd - the one who knows me, where I am, and truly where I am going. Lord, help me to keep my focus on you!
Here is the excerpt from "He Leads Me - A Study of Psalm 23" by The Daily Grace Co. Check them out for this devotion or many, many others!
David Guzik says that, "The sheep didn't need to know where the green pastures or still waters were; all he needed to know was where the shepherd was." What a comfort to know that we do not need to know everything about our life. We can rest secure under the leadership and guidance of our Shepherd who will show us exactly the way that we should go. He will lead us.
We can be confident that our Good Shepherd will lead us in paths that he has already laid out before us. He knows the way that we are taking, and He has prepared it before us. He has sovereignly prepared this path for us, and He will lead us to the chosen destination. The temptation for us is to go our own way just like sheep do (Isaiah 53:6). We don't always want to trust that his paths are good and right. We think we might know a better way. So often we would much rather rush ahead rather than follow our Shepherd. But God's ways are always the best ways. We can trust him! As we lean into Him and stop leaning on our own finite understanding, He will direct our paths and lead us in the way of righteousness (Proverbs 3:5-6).
He will lead us in the way that we should go for the glory and praise of His name. His name is all of His Word and His character, and when He leads us it will display for all to see the beauty and truth of who He is. Our lives become witnesses to the majesty of His name as we proclaim to others that He is good, that He has been good to us, and that He can do the same for them. What a privilege to let our lights shine for our Shepherd and King. What an honor to be led by Him."