Truth for Understanding Our World (Part 23) – Faltering Faith, Future Leadership, and the Faithfulness of God – Genesis 33:18 – 35:21November 20, 2016
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Speaker: Jerry Cisar
The familiar words of the 23rd Psalm contain essential truths for the worshiper of God in the walk of faith.
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me….” (Psalm 23:1-4 ESV)
On this journey of faith we must know that the Lord is our Shepherd. We must trust in His shepherding ability and promises. When we forget, our faith falters – we fear evil and adjust accordingly instead of going to God with those fears.
Jacob fears lead to some series difficulties when he forgets the truths that we know from the 23rd psalm. Jacob seems to crave security and think that avoiding the risk of faith may make him more secure. He had to learn the hard way that pursuing God by faith is truly the only way to have real security.
What fears do you face? Are you prone to forget the truths of Psalm 23 and Lord as your Shepherd? Are you tempted to think that security can more readily be found doing things your way than in risky obedience to God?