To have a devotion means to show your love, loyalty and enthusiasm for God by spending a few minutes of your day with Him.
The Lord is My Shepherd
I Shall Not Want
There is this picture I see in my head of an adult reaching down to hold the hand of a child, the child looking up at the adult, being so trusting takes the hand of the adult and lets them lead them and guide them.
There is another picture I have of a shepherd walking with one of his sheep. The sheep looks small next to the shepherd as they walk down the path together. As the shepherd leads the way the one little sheep is following close by. The little sheep doesn't know where it is going, but fully trusts the shepherd for the shepherd knows where to walk and where to go.
You see, the shepherd has an advantage on the sheep, because of his height he can see afar off into the distance. He can see where trouble may be ahead and avoid that path, he can lead the sheep to good, clean waters and green pastures where it can eat and rest. The sheep also knows it may die if it goes it's own way and strays from the path, so it stays close to the one who can keep it from harm and provide all it's needs.
As adults we get frustrated sometimes when we don't have all the answers, when we can't see ahead we wonder how long a certain trial is going to take, we worry whether we will be financially or emotionally prepared, anxiety begins to form within us and depression can take over.
We don't have the ability to see ahead or know our future, but our Heavenly Father has that capability. His word says in Psalms 139 that He knows everything we say and do even before we act upon our thoughts and all the days of our life are written in His book.
He is the adult in this illustration and we need to envision ourselves placing our hand into the hand of our Heavenly Father's. His vantage point allows Him to see much farther ahead then we can and knows exactly how to direct and lead us so we don't fall into harm's way.
He also symbolizes the shepherd in the other illustration, as we follow Him, He will lead us to rest, to safety, and even lead us through the valley of the shadow of death, but He promises to protect us, to guide us and to bless us if we follow Him.
Are you willing to place your hand into the hand of your Heavenly Father's? To follow your Shepherd?
Having a strong, solid understanding of His nature helps to ensure peace. When you know His character you recognize why He is leading you the way He is.
Sometimes he tarries long in answering our questions and in answering our prayers, but because we know Him and have spent time with Him, we know He means well. We know He loves us.
Remind yourselves of these truths today:
1. He is always directing our steps
2. He is always watching us
3. He will supply ALL our needs
4. He WILL answer all our questions in time
5. He is working ALL things for our good
In order to put complete trust in the Lord we need to fully understand these qualities about His nature. Then we can say with certainty, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want," (Psalm 23:1, KJV).
Because I know He is my Shepherd, I know that He will supply everything I need at that moment and for that day. There is no need to worry, no need to want anything more.
"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content," (Philippians 4:11, KJV).
When you realize your Shepherd has provided all your necessary needs for that day and desire for more falls away, peace will flood your heart, your faith will soar, and your energy will be revived.
There is no room for worries when peace fills your heart.
There is no room for anxiety when trust is built.
There is no need to be depressed when He is working all things for your good.
Place your hand into the hand of your Heavenly Father's today, put your complete trust in Him. Follow your Great Shepherd as He leads you along life's path, for He cares for you and is looking out for you.
Have a wonderful day.