TUESDAY, AUGUST 11
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.”
Psalm 23:1-2 (NLT2)
OVERLOAD: REMEMBER HE FILLS US
We learned another principle Sunday that sheep won’t lay down and rest if they are hungry. In Psalm 23 the green meadows symbolize a place of feeding and abundance. God, like a good shepherd, leads His sheep to a place of fullness and contentment.
Coming downstairs one morning, a British nobleman heard his cook exclaim, “Oh, if I only had five pounds, wouldn’t I be content!” Wishing to satisfy the woman, soon after he handed her a five pound note, then worth about $25. She thanked him profusely. But after he stepped out of the room again, he overheard her say, “Why didn’t I say ten?”
How much do we need to be happy? Just a little bit more than we’ve got! A reporter asked the late oil tycoon, J. Paul Getty, “If you retired now, would you say that your holdings would be worth a billion dollars?” Getty did some mental calculations. “I suppose so,” he said. “But remember, a billion doesn’t go as far these days as it used to.”
Many of us are never content. We are constantly striving to satisfy a mental, emotional and spiritual hunger that material things will never satisfy. Most of our feelings of overload and anxiety are tied to things that leave us always wanting more.
The psalmist said he had all that he needed and lacked nothing because of the green meadows God had led him to. On Sunday Mike said God supplies all of our needs but not all of our wants. When you think about the different types of hunger in your life, are they mostly tied to needs or wants? How can you look to God to satisfy some of those hungers? If you are able, find some green space today and sit for a while and ask God where He wants to lead you that’s fulfilling and peaceful.