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He Makes Me Lie Down

Steve Adams (Eastgate Bible Church)

When people are considering trusting God, they often ask, ‘Can I trust Him with my life?’ Strangely though, I’ve never met a single person who hasn’t frequently regretted their handling of their own life. Yet we question whether we can trust a perfectly good God with the life that we admit that we constantly mess up.

Psalm 23 begins, ‘The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.’

The Bible often uses the analogy of a shepherd – both to describe the way God cares for His people, and also of the human leaders who are called to lead and care for God’s people in accordance with God’s character. How does God care for and shepherd his children? Firstly, His children lack no good thing they need. Secondly, He guides them (even makes them), move towards things that are for their sustenance, their good, and for growth in godly character. This is how the good shepherd cares for His Children – now and forever. Praise God for his unchanging character.

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