When the Shepherd Makes you Lie Down
Daily Devotional for September 20th
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures…Psalm 23:2
In the shepherd’s caring for his sheep, he leads his sheep in regions the sheep may not understand. The sheep will follow the shepherd relentlessly. Along with providing for the sheep, the shepherd keeps continual examination of his sheep. He reviews each one and sees when they are getting tired.
In our daily walk with the Lord, there are times when you get tired and worn out from spiritual battles, long journey’s through dark valleys, up rugged mountains. Most of our weariness thought, comes from toiling in ministries, laboring in fields and running into areas where the Lord has not led us to go.
The children of Israel were lead through the wilderness by a pillar of a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. When the cloud moved, Israel moved. When the cloud stopped, Israel stopped. The Lord had no doubt stopped them in order for them to rest from the journey.
There are even instances where the sheep will continue moving even after the shepherd has temporarily stopped the fold. In our efforts in ministry work, studying, witnessing etc., we tend to go far beyond the leading of the Lord. There will be times in your spiritual walk when you will feel the Lord is causing you, making you to lie down.
For many pastors, preachers, all those in ministry work, burnout is very real and can be very devastating. Burnout is the area where many people end their Christian life. Sometimes we are asked to be still and know that He is God. Psalm 46:10. We are instructed in Isaiah to wait upon the Lord as it will renew our strength. Isaiah 40:31.
If you are at this state in your walk with the Lord and may be wondering why the Holy Spirit is not leading you onward, it could be that the Lord is forcing you to lie down and rest. Don’t fight the rest. It is very needful. The Lord knows when you need to slow down and take some rest. Spiritual rest will cause refreshing to come to you from the presence of the Lord.
Happy Birthday to my dear wife and companion in ministry. I love you Kim.