THURSDAY, AUGUST 13
“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: HE GIVES YOU PEACE
In 2011 an 84-year-old man named Henry Morello was driving north of Phoenix, Arizona, when he realized he was heading the wrong direction. When he tried to turn around he got stuck in a ditch. Unable to walk to the main road to get help, he spent five days trapped in his car. To stay alive he took a rock and cracked open the wiper fluid container in his car and drank the fluid. He even read his car manual in its entirety to pass the time. After he was rescued, doctors were amazed to find him in such good condition.
We learned Sunday that sheep won’t rest if they are thirsty. One of the promises of the Good Shepherd in Psalm 23 is to lead us to peaceful streams. “Thirsty,” in recent slang, describes a graceless need for approval, affection or attention. It might mean that someone is desperate and making bad choices. In his 1936 personal-development opus “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie quoted the Vienna-born scientist Hans Selye: “As much as we thirst for approval, we dread condemnation.”
God said in Jeremiah 2:13, “My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” Broken cisterns represent things we look for to satisfy us but ultimately will let us down and and leave us unsatisfied. If we turn from God and what He has provided to other things, we’ll not be content and we will still be thirsty.
Can you think of some “broken cisterns” in your life that you trusted in the past to satisfy you but have failed you and left you thirst for more? Ask God how He wants to lead you to a peaceful and satisfying stream within His will for your life.