TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, September 25, 2019:
The state of being restored; restoration of something that was lost.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In the verse above from Psalms in part says: HE RESTORES MY SOUL. How does God restore our soul? He does this through fellowship with Himself. At times we stray from Our Lord but He remains our Good Shepherd. We might wander but He always welcomes us back gladly and willingly pardons His wayward sheep.
Most likely you have never made a conscience effort to forsake the Father. Instead you may have slipped away slowly as a result of wandering desires and selfish attempts to meet your own needs.
Luke 15:4-7 presents for us a wonderful picture of the warm reception awaiting a lost “sheep.” When found and brought back to the fold does the shepherd scold or punish the wayward lamb? No, instead He rejoices and celebrates because the lost had been found. Likewise, heaven rejoices when a wandering child of God returns “to the fold.” Jesus tells us in Luke 15:7, “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
In restoring our souls --- bringing one who has walked away from his commitment to serve Jesus --- God is more than a pardoning Shepherd. He is also a providing Shepherd. He knows what we need even before we ask, and He delights in meeting our needs.
God is also our protecting Shepherd. The psalmist that wrote Psalm 23:4 says that it is the Lord’s rod and staff that comforts him. Ancient shepherds used these tools to guide their sheep to water and food and to protect them from vicious animals seeking a quick meal. Just as the shepherd keeps watch over his sheep to protect them, the Lord is our Shepherd watching over us clearing the way from the enemy’s snares.
Remember God is your GOOD SHEPHERD and He will pardon, provide and protect you always.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Ecclesiastics 12:1.
Remember now your creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them.”
Thank You for being my Good Shepherd and being with me to pardon me when I fall away from You. Thank You also for providing for me and protecting me from the temptations of life. Keep my eyes on You and make me more Christ-like each day I live.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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