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Saturday, March 11, 2017


Jim Vining
3 hrs
Psalms 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
Sheep do not fret about the things they need – certainly they experience hunger and fear when threatened, but there is a calming influence from their trust in the shepherd. Sheep do not have expectations because there is confidence in the shepherd’s voice. They do not know that the shepherd will risk his life to protect his sheep – we have the privilege of knowing our shepherd has given His life to redeem His sheep. Our trust will be built upon obedience – as we experience life we come to see that our Lord does supply all my needs. Doubt grips our heart and minds when we imagine Him to fulfill our personal expectation. I can certainly see many needs and terrible suffering all around me – but I will not allow human need or suffering to question my shepherd’s love. Our God has clearly promised His sovereign care – but it is based upon our humble obedience to His commands. We can all fall prey to longing for things we want – but I have found it far more beneficial to simply be grateful for what I have been given. I truly have more than I need – I am determined to not take it for granted. Those who have been given much – much is expected.
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 11/ Mk. 12:28-44; Deut. 14-16