Day 30: Tuesday, May 12th
Today, day 5,823 of social distancing, or that's at least how it feels, was a really difficult time to read this devotional. Personally, I couldn't get past the first 2 words. I just sat down staring at the page realizing just how much weight has been on my shoulders and wondering how to let it go.
Questions started racing through my head, "Why am I not content in this present situation?" " Why am I so anxious?" "Why am I worrying about the future and missing out on what is happening right now?""How do I stop this cycle?"
Immediately, I was reminded of Paul and how he shared his secret to contentment with the Philippians. He says,
"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:11-12
He learned. And so can I.
I am sure that during Paul's travels and life, it took some time to learn contentment, but he did! And he did it by spending time with his Shephard, getting His King's perspective of life, and relying on His Father's strength instead of his own.
I just love how the devotional today focused on finding our peace and rest by knowing and spending time with our Shephard.
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand." - John 10:27-28
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." - Psalms 23:1-3
Do you know your Shephard's voice?
How much time do you spend in His word learning His truth, perspective, and promises?
How have you learned contentment throughout your life? Are you content in this current situation?
Even though today was a bit of a challenge for me, my soul finds rest, comfort, and contentment in His promises in the scripture above.
He is my Shephard and wants what is best for me.
No one can snatch me out of His hand.
He will give me the strength to face whatever circumstance I am in.
What other promises do you hold onto?
I hope and pray that you find rest, peace, and strength through His promises today.