In this chapter Jesus taught His disciples not to worry about the simple cares of the world; this life is so much more than material things. He reassured them of the way He cares for the birds of the air and the flowers in the ground, yet you and I are so much more valuable then that! How much more will He take care of His children? As children of God, we can’t allow these worries to consume us. It's too common to struggle between faith and fear, but our loving Father knows our needs. Today we must choose to seek His beautiful heart and He will take care of the rest, spiritual and material. This scripture in particular, emphasizes that our priorities must be in line with His; what we treasure and value determines where our heart is. The contents of the heart is revealed in action. What is consuming your thoughts? Where do you find your priorities? The answer to these questions determines where your heart lies. We must place our faith in the stable and eternal things of God instead of the temporary things of this world. #90DC#90daychallenge
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"I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me." — Psalm 23:4
There are many shepherd images throughout the Bible, but probably the most well-known is found in Psalm 23. This biblical imagery has deepened my faith more than any other, but only after I learned what it meant to be a shepherd in Israel. See, in Australia where I’m from, sheep are moved by trained dogs barking at them and herding them from behind … but in Israel, it's a shepherd who leads their sheep. During the day, the shepherd walks in front of the flock leading them with the sound of their voice. The sheep know their shepherd’s voice and follow, just like in the opening of Psalm 23 which reads; "… he LEADS me beside quiet waters" (Psalm 23:2).
But when it’s night, a shepherd moves into the middle of the flock and stands amongst the sheep to guide them. The sheep move forward safely because they know their shepherd is beside them when it’s dark just as the psalmist writes "… I will fear no evil for you are WITH me" (Psalm 23:4). If you’re walking through a valley of shadows today, I believe God wants to remind you that He is right there beside you. When life is darkest, God is the Good Shepherd who is beside you and comforts you.