But God- My Shepherd's Path

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Greetings,

 

Let's continue our journey through Psalms 23. We come this week to the line, “He guides me in paths of righteousness.” As we unwrap this statement, it is difficult not to add our own thoughts -sometimes erroneous - to what is said here.

For instance, I sometimes think of “do's” and “don'ts”, to the narrow path of which Jesus spoke, of doing righteous deeds rather than unrighteous deeds. When I think about the righteous path, I usually begin by thinking about the “what” and “where”, rather than the “who”. I believe Abba almost always is willing to answer the “who” question instead of the “what” and “where”.

When I begin with the “who” question, I am reminded who my Shepherd is and therefore who is responsible for knowing the path. I am reminded that He guides me with tender care, He doesn't drive me against my will. He leads me by speaking my name. When I hear my name called by His voice, I desire to follow. As I allow Him to choose the path, I can rest in following, not having to anxiously try and figure out where the path is going.

This week, let's be still, listen for Him to call our name, follow in safety, and rejoice that I AM is my Shepherd.

 

 

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 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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