“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
Isn’t it just like Jesus to understand exactly what we need, even if we ourselves don’t? “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.” However it comes to us, the Lord – because He cares for us – desires for us to be still. He knows that we need to pause, relax and listen. Not to encourage laziness but to facilitate being. The activity, hustle and bustle of daily living can fuel our minds but frustrate our soul – unless, we take time to be restored.
How does that happen? You’d be surprised (and I am too) what you can hear when everything else is quiet and you take time to listen. When the prophet Elijah was on the run from his enemies, the Lord came and spoke to him. But it wasn’t in any way that Elijah expected.
“And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.” (1 Kings 19:11-12)
I’m praying for each of us that as we fast and seek the Lord, we will, in fact, pause and be still. That we will listen, attuning the ears of our spirit to His voice. As we do, I believe that He will lead us in paths of righteousness; He will show us how we are to live in a way that’s pleasing to Him. He’ll speak to us in unexpected ways. He’ll direct us as we face situations and strengthen us as we encounter temptation.