"Dead or alive, you're coming with me."

- Robocop
Focus on the Shepherd, Not the Shadow

In Paul E. Miller’s A Praying Life, he writes about the childlike faith with which we approach God. He notes that a child is not intimidated by a loving parent even though the adult is much bigger and stronger, because the relationship influences the perspective. God is the bigger, stronger heavenly Father to those who trust Him by faith. It is because of His love and protection, however, that we are able to run into His arms without being scared or intimidated. It was this perspective that allowed David to write the twenty-third Psalm. The LORD is our shepherd! Do you see the paradox? “LORD” is the proper covenant name for God that points to His supremacy and transcendence. It’s a name that reminds His people how “other” God is. How far above and all-powerful He is. And yet, David says that this far off, mighty God is our shepherd. A shepherd works among his sheep to protect and guide and care for them. That’s how God’s relationship is with His people. He is intimately active in our lives! David understood this and trusted God with the faith of a child. This faith allowed him, “even though [he] walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” to not fear. It’s this faith that keeps us focused on the Shepherd, not the shadow.

Trust God today! Be comforted and know that He is with His children!


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