“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)
When was the last time you stopped everything you were doing and actually took a complete rest? Our souls need to be refreshed on the support-raising journey, but this is a hard thing to do. There are deadlines to work toward, people to meet, and letters to send. You do all of that, and then repeat it—sometimes even more frantically.
The very first line of Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” How intuitive of God to lead with that statement. He knows that we have to be reminded of the fact that He is our good Shepherd who takes care of our every need. It’s only when we grasp this reality that we can settle down and rest. He’s saying, “I’ve got it! Put your mind at ease and rest. I’m your Shepherd who will protect you.” If you think you’re lacking in anything, then your mind will never shut off, as you think about how you’re going provide for what is lacking.
Unfortunately, the support-raising journey can make us feel as though we’re lacking a lot. Not enough people are giving to us. How can we support our families? Are we going to be able to buy the things we need? I’m running out of people with which to talk. That person just rejected me. What am I going to do? The list goes on.
The world tells us that we need certain things to be happy, and we need to live at certain income levels in order to be respected—people have even said this of ministry workers! However, that kind of worldly living is warned against in the Bible. Panic can set in when we aren’t able to achieve the worldly standards that have been demanded of us. When we’re worried about the things we’re lacking, that makes it hard for us to find rest for our souls.
The good news is that our Shepherd knows what we need. We are without want. He asks us to trust Him, because we are going to walk through some difficult times and our souls will need to be refreshed along the way. He is preparing us for the dark valleys where His rod and staff will always be there to comfort us.
On the support-raising journey, take time for your soul. It needs the rest. Your Shepherd tells you this.
- 1.Find a time on a regular basis to refresh your soul.
- 2.List the worldly ideas and concepts that have crept into your support-raising journey, and give them to God.
- 3.Trust that He is taking care of your needs.