The journey of a lifetime brings with it more than you expected. It brings about transforming situations and experiences that will leave you begging for more of God. He has to lead you on ways and paths you least expected.
The Lord My Shepherd
The 23rd Psalm is a beautiful work of art, a reflection of a man who has walked with the Lord through all sorts of situations. He had to find his way in the most difficult of times and yet still come to the place where he trusted God to provide for his needs.
This journey is a journey that is initiated by God. It is He who calls us out to follow Him, through all that life will throw our way. He is the Shepherd of the journey, the Author and Perfecter of the same. He is the Shepherd who will lead you in ways that will guarantee food, water and rest.
As the Shepherd He knows where all the best pastures and watering holes are. He has the experience ion knowing which grasses are good for our health. He knows where we can get the tenderest of plants, good for the young lambs, for the breastfeeding mothers as well as for the sick sheep. He knows where to get the freshest waters because His experiences as Shepherd have led Him to the best of the best. He knows the weather better than we do, and knows when the right time to pasture the flock will be.
The Shepherd knows where peace can be found. He may have traveled this road a thousand times and knows when to turn to the best spot to rest. Peace He gives not as the world does. In fact the peace the Shepherd will give cannot be taken away from us. It is a peace that endures forever. When the sheep are restless the Shepherd will know where to take them to give them peace of mind.
He knows all the ways through the valleys, gullies and mountains. He knows where that secret pass to the green pastures is. We need to totally depend on Him to lead us in the most exciting of ways. He knows the dangerous places and would never lead us in those ways. He will always make sure the rugged terrains turn into a highway for us to walk through. He has said in His word that the mountains will be made lows, the valleys raise up so that our pathways may be level.
He is the compass for the sheep and would never lead them astray. When John writes about the Good Shepherd he mentions that the sheep will follow His lead and voice because they are used to it. What better Shepherd to follow than the one who knows the way, who is the Way and who will ensure we stay on track all the time. He has already Pioneered this journey and all that’s left is to perfect the ways we should go
He will usher you on a course He Himself will determine. It may be a course through difficult places but each time the course develops a level of muscle in you, the kind of muscle that will enable you to weather the storms ahead. He will lead you on certain paths for His Name’s sake. He knows the way as He ultimately is the Way. God knows what is best for us and our mandate on this journey is to follow in faith.
You may go through good and bad times but each time will develop something of greater worth in you. Let each day reveal a new element of the journey. Be not afraid to let go and let God because in this journey life will bring out the best for you.
Our Shepherd will guide and protect us on this journey. All the days David lived, God gave him guidance and protected him. In the quite years behind the scenes where he was tending sheep, God protected him, giving David unusual boldness to face bears and lions barehanded. He can do the same for you and i. as long as the LORD is my Shepherd I shall not be afraid. I can rest secure in the assurances that all is well.
God has a tendency of taking us through and not around the dangerous places. David can boldly say that even in the valley of the shadow of death he will fear no evil because his Shepherd is with him. In the valleys God will lead you, He reminds us of His ever present help in times of trouble. Though the shadows may grow dark yet the assuring Presence of the Chief Shepherd will give us the strength to walk through.
The Shepherd of this lifetime journey will secure your walk by allowing you to go through and face stuff. This may include isolation, hatred and the like but God will let you face the storms so that the minute you weather them, a similar storm cannot put you down. In our Christian journey we need to count it all joy when trials and tribulations come our way because their ultimate goal is to work out a better thing for us.
The LORD will usher you to a broad place as you faithfully undertake this journey. David would write and say that the LORD allowed men to ride over his back so as to lead him to a broad place. The times you think you are alone are the times God assures you that the outcome will be better. Allow the enemy to have their time because your time of broadness is coming. He will set the banqueting table in their midst and let them celebrate your success.
Throughout the journey the Shepherd will anoint your head. This is to keep the worries and pests away. The LORD has a special cup that He uses and it seems to always have an overflow. David confesses that his cup runs over and he does not live on tit bits but on the real deal. This journey is a journey of the overflow of the more than enough. We will need not lack because the LORD’s mercies are new every morning and His anointing is fresh each day.
As you walk with the Shepherd you will learn that His goodness will be your portion through and through. Surely goodness and mercy will follow you through the days of your life as you enjoy the favor that the LORD has to offer. Always know that God is on your side and you will dwell in His Presence all the days of your life.
This walk with the Shepherd will
• Take you through some of the most impossible situations, where giants become midgets and where lions become harmless
• Develop character and worth in you. You will realise how much God has invested in you.
• Force you to acknowledge God as the pivot and centre of your life
• Usher you to a place of greatness and your destiny
Fear not, do not be afraid, the LORD goes ahead of you. Others will know that you have been with God.
“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever.”