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Is God Enough?

What is it you’re facing or dealing with that has you feeling like hope is slipping through your fingers like sand from the beach?

Is it keeping you awake at night? Distracting your thoughts during the day?

Remember…

There is not a single need you could possibly have that isn’t addressed by the words of Psalm 23.

Not one.

No matter what inadequacy or hardship you’re facing and how deeply you’re facing it, no matter how problematic or distressful or exacting it may be—if the Lord is your Shepherd, He can meet all of your needs.

The Twenty-third Psalm was David’s way of saying God is more than enough to meet whatever lack or constraint or extremity or impossibility you might ever encounter. ~ Excerpted from God Is More Than Enough by Tony Evans

Don’t rush through Psalm 23. Slow down. Take a few deep breaths. Calm your spirit. Take a few moments to remember that God is God. He is our Creator. He is Lord over all of life. And He is fully aware of everything that troubles your heart.

Now read Psalm 23 slowly, letting the words soak into you like water into a sponge on a hot summer day. Then take a deep breath and read it again.

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
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He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.    
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He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
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Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
5
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
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Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

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What aspect of God as our Shepherd is most meaningful to you?

Click here to read an excerpt from God Is More Than Enough
© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.

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Jesus the good shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. ~ John 10:11

Sheep are mentioned in Scripture over 300 times, more than any other animal. Most of us are not that familiar with sheep so here are some important attributes to know.

  • Sheep are defenseless. They can’t run away because their wool causes them to overheat and they have no sharp claws or teeth to fight off a predator.
  • Sheep are prone to go astray as they don’t much care for being led.
  • Sheep have poor eyesight and tend to follow other sheep without thinking.
  • Sheep can also be very stubborn at times.
  • Sheep will feed on plants that are unhealthy for them.

Are you starting to understand why God inspired the writers of the Bible to illustrate our relationship with Him by using the relationship between a shepherd and his sheep? We tend to have those same attributes. But Jesus as the good ghepherd cares for all who are part of His flock.

  • He goes before them and finds the best pastures.
  • He finds the safest sources of water.
  • He knows when the sheep need to lie down and rest.
  • He makes sure there are no holes or dangerous enemies hidden in the pasture.
  • He anoints their heads with oil to soothe and protect any sheep who have gotten themselves scratched by thistles or rough underbrush.
  • He uses his rod and his staff to keep them out of dangerous places and to fend off predators.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall want for nothing. ~ Psalm 23:1

No matter what you come up against this week, Jesus – the good shepherd – has already seen it coming and is prepared to walk you through it as a loving shepherd cares for his sheep. But to experience this kind of intimate relationship with Jesus we must surrender to His being in control.

Will you live this week with Jesus as your good shepherd?

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Left for dead

On May 17, 1951 following a brief fire-fight with a small enemy patrol the night before, Marvin Schmidt’s company received word that unfriendly forces were advancing.

In danger of being surrounded they were told to get out. Walking down a ridge-line they stopped to decide their next move. That’s when a single shot found Schmidt’s leg, just above the ankle, dropping him to the ground.

“My brave comrades took one look at me and with horrified faces took off without me.” For seven long, perilous days Schmidt languished in the northern region of South Korea.

“What am I going to do? How am I going to get out of here?” he asked himself.

Several enemy patrols passed by stopping only to strip him of his possessions. But one enemy soldier — a medic, by the symbol on his helmet — and his helper stopped to help. They moved him to a nearby path before leaving him a poncho, a canteen and some food. Wrapped in the poncho Schmidt drifted off to sleep.

When he awoke the next morning, he was 10-feet off the path and paralyzed. An artillery shell had landed close enough to blow him from the walkway, and a piece of shrapnel had imbedded itself into his neck lodging against his jaw. Unable to feel his legs or look around he passed out.

Waking up the next day, he had regained movement but found himself at the mercy of another enemy patrol. They took everything he had left – leaving him with just two grenades and a Bible.

Gripped by hopelessness and despair Schmidt recalls, “I did pick up one of the grenades and I tried to pull the pin, but I couldn’t. Then I picked up the Bible. A lot of GI’s carried them, but very few read them. I found the 23rd Psalm. I kept trying to… memorize it, but I couldn’t. But when I read it, it was a great comfort. I couldn’t get out… but the psalm was a tremendous strength.”

On day seven, just before sundown, Schmidt was found by an American patrol. He was moved by stretcher and helicopter to a MASH unit before spending the next two years under medical care in Army hospitals.

“I believe very strongly the Lord God was there with me. I am sure that it was because of Him and his angels that I was able to survive. I have tried to count up the number of ways that my life could have ended during that week. Every time they searched me, I could have been shot. I could have bled to death when I was first shot. There were so many different ways; I just have never been able to count them all.”

Psalm 23 – “The LORD is my Shepherd…” – kept Marvin Schmidt going in his darkest hours!

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