Sunday, 3 March 2013
Know the shepherd?
Many of us are discontented and empty even though we have long ago memorized this passage. Why? Because when we say ‘the Lord is my shepherd’ we don’t really let Him be our shepherd. We don’t follow Him beside the ‘still waters’ and lie down in ‘green pastures’. Instead we want and want until our souls are dry and we have wandered from the paths of righteousness. We become fearful in the presence of evil and refuse the protection and rescue of His rod and staff. He sets His table before us, but we don’t eat. Is it any wonder, then, that our cup is more often empty than full? If we want goodness and mercy to follow us, we must let the Lord be our Shepherd.
John Wesley was almost in despair. He did not have the faith to continue to preach. When death stared him in the face, he was fearful and ...