What's going on in our world today? Do you understand it? It seems as if our world is falling apart. Does it seem like your country? What's going on in our world, our country is so concerning.
When you think of what happened in Isaiah, he says...
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" — Isaiah 5:20
And, this is what seems to be happening in our world. And, while it's always happened it used to seem like these things were in the dark, hidden. Now, it is everywhere and being broadcast daily.
It's as though someone came into our country and flipped a switch. And, add to that this terrible pandemic that has shut us out of what used to be the norm. What used to be up to the individual is not longer in individual control.
There has been a lot of suffering during this time of uncertainty.
We need to draw closer to the sentiment, "This World is Not my Home, I'm just a passing through."
How Do I Navigate Through This Life to Get to the Next?
- Psalm 23
In the Psalm, David says, twice, I'm not going to have to do something: I will not want, and I will not worry. When we get to the point in our life when we can say, The Lord is my shepherd, we will also be able to say, I will not want, and I will not worry.
From Psalm 23 let's see how to navigate this life.
A. When we Navigate this life with The Lord as the Shepherd
- I shall not Want
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." — Psalm 23:1
David, makes four statements referencing what the Lord did for him.
- He makes me --- Stop / Relax
- He leads me --- Listen to God
- He restores me --- Let God work
- He leads me --- Do what's right
"And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will." — Acts 13:22
From these four observations we find some steps to take today that we can trust in God more deeply in our lives and with our problems.
- He makes me lie down in green pastures.
- We need to stop, and relax.
- He leads me beside the still waters.
- I need to listen to God. We need to know that God is in control.
- He restores my soul.
- Let God deal with the problem.
- He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
- Choose to do what the Bible says is right.
Whatever you do, do it to the glory of God.
- 1 Corinthians 10:31
B. When we Navigate this life with The Lord as the Shepherd
- I will Not Worry
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." — Psalm 23:4
I do not have to worry about the things in this life, because the Lord is my Shepherd. How did David feel when he learned that Saul was seeking his life? How did he feel when he was on the run, in hiding? How did he feel when his son sought to take the thrown from him? Do you think he felt alone?
How did he feel when he stood before Goliath? He didn't feel alone... he said, "I Come in the name of the Lord."
He knew that the battle belonged to the Lord.
Did he have enemies? His own son conspired against him.
He says, you've been there all along in my life.
- You are with me - God is Always There
- You comfort me - God Really Does Care
- 1 Peter 5:7
- You prepare for me - He has Prepared a Place for Me
- John 14:1-3
- Hebrews 8:1,2
- You anoint [me] - Share a Relationship
- 1 John 2:20-27
Isn't God going to take care of you? Why worry? God is there, God cares, He has prepared a place for me, I share a relationship of love with God. No matter what storms may come. No matter what happens in this life, God will see us through.
These are things to consider as we think about how to navigate through this life to get to the next life.
Do you know the shepherd? When you do, you'll be able to say, I will not want, I will not worry.
If you'd like this in your life, you can know Him. He's made himself and his will available. If you'll believe in Jesus Christ and be willing to repent of your sins, and confess His name, He says He will confess your name before the Father. And, he says that if you will be baptized you will be saved. We see the people did this in Acts 2.
Are you willing to put Him on in baptism by obeying His will?
If you are struggling and need to find strength we are available to pray with you. If we can assist you in learning to navigate this life by allowing God to be your Shepherd, contact us so that we can meet with you.
Sermon inspired by: Dan Winkler, Evangelist