Violence is raging like a wild fire all over the world. As the US military is planning to prolong their stay in Afghanistan, more nations are joining the war in Syria. Daily attacks are taking place on Israeli citizens from terrorist. We are also seeing a rise in violence at historic levels in some US cities. Just as troubling are the amount of people that do not have peace in their hearts. As the world turns further away from God, people are also distancing themselves from tranquility. It turns out that we need someone bigger than ourselves since we cannot solve our problems on our own.
A timely message is written in Psalms 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” It describes a beautiful picture about who God is and what he can do in our lives. The Great Shepherd that provides our needs and takes care of us in every way. Still waters is the location where the storm has passed over and everything is calm. Jesus will take us through the storm and take us to a peaceful place. More importantly, he is able to calm the turmoil in our heart and bring contentment and joy.
The problems still come, but the Shepherd restores and leads us beyond them. It doesn’t matter what the sheep face as long as they have a good shepherd. The most comforting thought of this chapter is that the Shepherd will be with us even through the darkest moments of our journey.
The New Testament teaches us that a good shepherd will lay down his life for the sheep. Jesus did just that when he died on the cross for our sins. For this reason, we can be forgiven and be restored back to a right relationship with God. If Jesus did this for us, what would he not do to help us? He wants to be the Good Shepherd of your life and lead you in the ways of peace. You do not have to wage a holy war to earn your way to heaven.
It takes faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to love others. If we follow him, his goodness and mercy will follow us. He has a great plan and knows where he wants to take us. We can trust him for the best outcome and his word as solid direction.
It is time that you invite the Prince of Peace into your heart and share him with the world.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. (All comments are welcomed at [email protected])