But God- Dark Caves or Green Meadows?

Greetings


Let's resume our visit to the 23rd Psalm. In quick review, what we've looked at would go something like this, “I AM is shepherding me, so I have everything I need for life and Godliness today. He is my shepherd, my glory, my shield, the lifter of my head, and He is my life.” WOW! I would encourage us all to continue spending time pondering these amazing truths and thanking Him for them.

This week I want to stay in that third line,”He makes me lie down in green pastures”. Let's look briefly at the word “pastures”. Now, I'm sure David had some wonderful memories of his days as a shepherd, but at this point, he is writing this from a cave, running for his life. Not my idea of a green pasture... Yours? But, I think it may very well be I AM's idea of a pasture. As we think about pastures, let's remember at least two things about them. First, the shepherd gets to choose the pasture. The decision is not up to the sheep. Often when I pick out the pasture it is full of brush and thickets. I become all tangled and torn from the ground up! Second, the shepherd's commitment is to what is best for me. Not necessarily to my comfort zone, but rather to feed, nourish, and grow me. Sometimes the pasture needed for those things resembles a dark cave more than it does a green meadow. It is then I need to trust my shepherd and that He only picks out perfect “meadows” for me.

As a result of trusting Him for this meadow, I can thank Him today that His commitment to me is unwavering, with my best interest in mind and covered by His love and goodness.

Next week we will visit about what it looks like to lie down.

Blessings,

Thomas

thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

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 years and months 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 and Tree Spider, 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 will be 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. God has blessed our lives and our  business!

 

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

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