Hurry, busyness, and hectic schedules seem to consume us. We rush around trying to cram more into our days with little time to communicate with our friends and families. We live life in the fast lane, drive through for fast food, and leave out letters in our texts so we can even communicate fast. We seem to be addicted to the rush of our own adrenaline.
Our Lord gives us some wonderful healing words in Psalm 23 that if we listen to them will work wonders for us. Ps. 23:2 says: “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters”. Since the Lord is our shepherd He knows exactly what we need. We need rest and refreshment. When the Lord created the earth He even dedicated one day for rest. Jesus when traveling with his disciples saw that they were so busy in the work of ministry that they didn’t even take time to eat so He told them in Mark 6:31: “And He said to them, "Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat”. The prophet Elijah who was discouraged and wearied from serving the Lord boldly was told by an angel to take time to eat and rest. The Good Shepherd knows what we need and sometimes He has to make us lie down in green pastures and He has to lead us beside the still waters. Jesus invited people to come to Him and He would give them rest (Matt. 11:28).
Sheep eat grass. Green pastures provided all they needed to nourish their bodies. God’s sheep need to eat as well. Our food is the life giving nourishment of God’s Word. As we feed ourselves daily by reading, studying and meditating on scripture we will be rested and refreshed spiritually.
Someone once said that the bow that is constantly bent will break. I’m afraid that too many of God’s servants are in desperate need of spiritual rest. Look for those green pastures and still waters.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation