24 Mar Keep on Keeping on!
Hello Faith Community Family!
How is it with your Soul? Are you finding Peace in your day? Are you finding Joy in your moments? We all need encouragement to Keep on Keeping on!
As we continue through the 23rd Psalm, today we look at part 2 of verse 4 : Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Because we don’t live in the same kind of world that David did when he wrote this psalm, sometimes it is hard to picture and fully understand the things that he is describing. The sheep were fully dependent on the shepherd to keep them safe. The rod and the staff were tools that the shepherd used in order to do this.
A rod was made from a young sapling, carefully and lovingly carved to fit the shepherd’s hand perfectly. It was used as a weapon of defense for both himself and his flock. This rod was a symbol of the shepherd’s strength, power and authority in any dangerous or serious situation. The staff was a long slender stick with a crook or a hook on the end. It was used to manage the sheep, to draw them together and to guide them as they walked.
Mark 6:34 says “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” We are all sheep in need of a shepherd! We have the Word of God to defend us and the Spirit of God to guide us and keep us together.
Even in times of uncertainty, we know that we have a Shepherd who lovingly protects us and guides us! Let’s find ways to continue to stay in God’s Word and to continue to allow His Spirit to work in us and through us. Perhaps this is a good time for you to join a faith group! Watch out for emails, take a look at our website, or stop by our Facebook page to find ways to connect with the body of Christ. The prayer group that meets by Zoom every morning at 8am is a wonderful way for me to stay connected and encouraged. May you continue to feel the comfort that God gives us.
In Christ’s Love –