A Look at Psalms 23 Part 3c
Not only does God lead me, but also He leads me beside the still waters. He knows about my particularities. A sheep prefers not to drink from a water source that is moving, it prefers still waters.
[Psa 23:2 NKJV] 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
Not only does God lead me, but also He leads me beside the still waters. He knows about my particularities. A sheep prefers not to drink from a water source that is moving, it prefers still waters. Is God willing to cater to my every particularity? I don’t know. But, I don’t think so. The context of the indicated preference was meeting a basic need, water. So, maybe He does, when it comes to basic needs. Although, I find it uncomfortable to position myself as having demanding particularities that I EXPECT God to meet. I think God loves me and wants to provide for every need I have. However, I am the servant, I am the one serving Him. He is God, He owes me nothing, and I owe Him everything. I think that a healthy Christian perspective about the nature and order of our relationship works out from that truth.
I can’t help but to notice that He leads me to the things that I need but He doesn’t make me receive. He may make me pause, He may make me take the time to notice the green pastures and the still waters but He doesn’t make me eat or drink. There’s an old saying “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink”, when I don’t receive what God has placed in front of me I get malnourished and cranky. Then, from an unhealthy place I begin to wonder why God isn’t holding up His end of the deal, to provide for my needs. Well, He did, I just didn’t receive it. It takes discipline to practice the daily habits of receiving what God has for me. Even the Israelites in the desert had to go out and gather the manna from heaven. God didn’t work a miracle to daily fill their stomachs with food and water. There is a reason the miracle included a choice for man to go and gather, or not. God gave mankind free will so that he might choose Him. Everyday I have to choose to receive what He has for me.
God, thank you for providing for my particular needs. Help me to create and maintain the daily habit of receiving what you have for me. Amen
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