PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Feb
20

Stubborn and Self Reliant

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)"
Observation
David knew well, what it meant to guide sheep out of trouble, saving sheep whose lives were endangered, as a shepherd. Having written this psalm of the Great Shepherd who is God, David experienced the nearness and presence of God through his valleys of troubles and evils in life. He acknowledges the Lord as the Shepherd who guides, provides, protects His sheep - His very own flock.
Application
I'm struck with thankfulness - an overwhelming sense of security in who God is as my Lord and Shepherd. The only way I know that I can live through trouble, fears, evil is through the Lord being my Shepherd. When the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall have all I need in Him.

To live differently today is to believe differently from the view of my worldly, self reliant thinking. I must be constantly reminded that I cannot trust in my ways, powers, strengths, abilities, will power, etc. I find it too easy to live life independently of my Lord's direction and ways.

Sometimes I say "the Lord is my Shepherd," but I live as though I am his shepherd. I just don't acknowledge Him enough - not checking in, talking to considering His counsel throughout the day. It's so easy to live life out of relationship with my Shepherd, while knowing He is there. I guess I'm like a stubborn, self willed, self reliant sheep who can easily stray and wander away.
Prayer
I find myself constantly before You Lord, repenting, acknowledging how dumb and sinful I am. I am so strong willed, wanting all the satisfactions and benefits of being in Your flock, but not staying "really close to You!" Forgive me once again, restore my heart - for You are my Shepherd - I really want You to be my Everything!

Devotions for February 20

Numbers 7
Psalms 23
Acts 27

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