Sitting with the Shepherd
"And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him."
We often think that the blessing that comes to us when we do what is right, comes because to us because we are doing the right thing. That implies that our blessing is something that we have either earned or are responsible for. Such is not the case because as this verse emphatically states, "He" makes his enemies to be at peace with him. As humble servants fully reliant on our Master, we must gratefully acknowledge that every good and perfect gift comes from up above. Everything that we ever had or ever will have comes from the Shepherd's hand. Our gratitude itself will then be a way to please the Lord.
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. Our culture glibly proclaims that "God helps them that help themselves!" The Gospel says that "God helps those who cannot help themselves." How have you found this to be true in your personal experience?
2. Is it ever right, or pleasing to God to take pride in what we do for Him? Why or why not?
3. How can we glorify the Lord with a similar attitude of grateful appreciation?
My Father in heaven, You alone are the Giver of every good and perfect gift from up above. I confess that at times I have tried to take credit for those blessings that I have received from you imagining that I was somehow responsible for procuring them for myself. I understand today that I am totally dependent upon you, for in my own strength I can do nothing. Fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit that I may be able to manifest the righteous life of Jesus Christ today for Your glory. Amen