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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Still Water

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
—Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)

Today’s verse on Bible Gateway is one that is so familiar. It has God’s powerful message that can settle our minds today from the turmoil of this uncertain time.

Are you consumed with fear? Don’t be. The Lord is your shepherd. He takes care of you, and you have everything you need. Your need at this time is rest—not only to protect your body from illness but to protect your mind from the enemy’s lies. God quietens your thoughts if you allow.  When fear consumes your mind, you don't see His perspective. You don't let Him guide you. Fear guides you right into a panic. 

The Holy Spirit leads you to "still waters" the KJV translation states. God has peaceful waters to settle your thoughts—to quieten your racing mind. When I think of "still waters," I can't help but remember Stillwater, the Quaker Meeting House in Barnesville, Ohio, that helped shape my faith. There, I heard the still small voice of the Holy Spirit encouraging me not to worry during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962. During the years I attended Olney, the Quaker school my father also once attended, I learned the strength of his quiet faith that has become the foundation for who I am now.

You, too, have a foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to the rest of your mind, body, and spirit. You have absolutely nothing to fear when you believe in Christ. He loved you enough to give you His life! He is your provider—your healer. He refreshes your mind—your soul. God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind. Roosevelt told the country during the depression of 1933 that we had nothing to fear but fear itself. 

“I am certain that God, who began the good work within you,” Paul wrote, “will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns" (Philippians 1:6, NLT). God began this work of faith in you. Believe that He will continue right through the turmoil of this world until the very moment He comes again. Rest in His still water. It is true, and it is real—no matter what else happens. 

© 2020 Lynn Lacher

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