But God...Still Waters

Greetings,

As we continue on with Psalm 23, we now come to the “still waters” that the shepherd would create for his sheep. We talked last time about how he leads his sheep, this week we’ll begin to look at the water itself. This water needed to be living, life-giving water, and yet still so that the sheep would drink. But other than the water being still so as to not frighten the sheep, what other benefit is there to it being still?

One of the benefits of still water is that you can see your reflection in the water. I believe this is one of the reasons our Shepherd calls us to be still. Often, in order for us to remember who we are, we must slow down, quiet down, and be still, in order to see Him and ourselves according to His Word.

In the midst of our hurrying and worrying, our hustle and bustle, He calls us to come away with Him so that we will be able to hear Him call us by name. So that we learn His voice and hear His heart. We are reminded of His faithfulness to us. That He gave, is giving, and will give us everything we need, that we lack nothing. So that we recognize in the reflection that we are His well fed sheep, we belong to Him, our Shepard, and we are free to drink.

This week let’s reflect to see Him and ourselves in the still waters He has provided.

Blessings,
Thomas

“If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past weeks, months and years from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker, Tree Spider and Whitewater, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. For 2014, there is a laminated waterproof jacket pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. Occasionally, we do receive a message from an irate customer that did not want to hear about God’s message. To those we restate our concern for their souls and wish them the very best. Overall, “but God” has been a blessing to our lives and to our business!

We hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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