But God- God's "Upside Down" Kingdom

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Greetings,

As we continue on in Psalm 23, we come to the statement 'He restores my soul'. The Shepherd has made us lie down in green pastures and then led us to still waters. Now, David, moves from the metaphor of looking at sheep and makes it very human and very personal. He is making it clear that he is referring to himself with the use of 'my soul'. There is so very much that could be said here that we will look at just a bit this week.

When Jesus visited Earth, we saw Him turn pretty much everything upside down. It seems Abba's view of things is much different than the world's. For instance, the last will be first, the greatest will be the biggest servant, life comes from dying, etc...

What is going on here is the same. The sheep are defenseless, they are powerless, they wander, and they are stubborn. Without the shepherd, they are dinner! And yet, the shepherd, submits himself to a life of loving and saving the sheep. Rather than force them to follow, he tenderly leads them, knowing and doing what is best for them.

Another area in which the kingdom of God is 'upside down' from the kingdom of the world is the relationship between resting and doing. Here is what has happened so far in a day in the life of a sheep. They have slept through the night. First thing in the morning the shepherd feeds them to their fill and then they lie down and sleep some more. Then he leads them to water which he has probably worked to make still. Drinking from this still water allows them to 'reflect' on whose they are and who they are. All of this refreshes their soul. After this refreshing he will lead them on their journey. Do you see what is going on here?

In His kingdom, rest, nourishment, refreshment, being restored, come BEFORE work. We tend to have it backwards and we look forward to resting AFTER work. His choice for us is to rest first! To be available to be fed by His Word. To rest and drink from His living water, remembering who He is and who we are- that He is I AM and He is shepherding me, allowing Him to restore my soul, and then we'll start our journey. Because on this journey through this day it will be critical that I have rested and been restored first.

This week I'd encourage us all to be intentional about allowing Him to feed us, to refresh us, and to restore us as we rest in Him.

 

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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