The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1 (NKJV)
Computers, DVD, flat screen television, compact discs, stereo systems, convection ovens, microwaves, vacuums, bread machines, blenders, curling irons, blow dryers, front loading washers and dryers… With advances constantly, there are so many "conveniences" in our world today. Shopping is no longer contained to the malls, but available through mail and the internet. So much to see… So much to want…
While there are countless things that could be helpful to get your life in order, it’s important not to waste time thinking of, and wishing for things. Baskets, totes, bins and file cabinets are not bad in and of themselves. However, if too much time is spent dwelling on things, you may find yourself in unsafe waters. Wanting is dangerous, because it’s a feeling that has a tendency to grow. It can manifest itself and spread through you like a virus, growing until you are no longer happy with what you have.
Chances are good that you already possess too much, and that’s how you became overwhelmed to begin with. You are struggling right now because you have become disorganized to the point where you’re not sure when you’re going to get it all back together. But, do you still find yourself wanting for more?
A sheep doesn’t have this problem. A shepherd looks after him. He takes care of him. He makes sure that he is nourished and safe. The sheep has no need to want for anything. Everything is taken care of for him. Everything that the sheep needs is provided for by the shepherd. In the same way, the Lord is your shepherd and you are His sheep. He will take care of you. He will make sure that you are nourished and safe. There is no need for you to want for anything. He will take care of everything. Everything that you need will be provided to you by The Good Shepherd.
So, the next time there is something that you would like to have, stop before it consumes you and leads you to discouragement. Ask the Lord if it’s what He wants for you. After all, the Shepherd knows what’s best for His sheep.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I confess that too many times I’ve wanted more than I should have. There are so many enticing things in the world today. And even though it’s not all bad, I know there are times when I still shouldn’t have wanted them. I pray that when there’s something that I would like to have that I would bring the request to You Lord, and that You would give me the answer. I know that there are things that would help me to get organized, and I pray that You would show me those things, and that I would not get more than what I need. Help me to be wise with my purchases so that I don’t buy more than what I need. I have too much now Lord, and as a result, have come to where I am now, asking You for guidance and help in getting my life in order. Thank You for being the Shepherd and loving me enough to take away any need of wanting. Why should I want when You take care of all that I need? I pray that this will be carried in my heart, as well as my head.
In Jesus’ name,
© 2004 Amy Verlennich
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