In Over Our Head
All of us experience those times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed and over our head. That feeling can have such a demoralizing presence in our life. I am afraid many times when things are going good that we may often neglect the privilege of calling out to God in prayer. However, when things are over our head, we most times call out in desperation to God.
Charles Spurgeon described these times so well when stated: “prayer is never more real and acceptable than when it rises up out of the worst places.” I am convinced the struggles we all face could be better handled if we understood ahead of time the leadership that our Great Shepherd will provide for us as we seek Him.
As Christians, we must recognize and submit to the leadership of our great God if we are to navigate the road of life. I have always found Psalm 23 to be one of those great passages that describe the provision and leadership that God wants to provide for our lives. Psalm 23 is all about the relationship between the sheep and the shepherd. Sheep by nature are prone to wander. The Shepherd is there to guide us through the times when we are in over our head. Psalm 23 declares:
“The Lord is my shepherd (leader); I lack nothing. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He refreshes my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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 staff comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
The leadership and provision that God provides is described so beautifully in these verses. First, He is our leader and because of Him we shall lack nothing we need to live this life. He gives us rest and leads us to quiet places when we are in the midst of a storm. He is always with us no matter what we may face. He not only refreshes our spirits during difficult times but He also provides everything we need during those storms. Because of Him, we can live an abundant life and even though we battle adversity we will always experience His goodness and His love.
When I read those verses, I become so encouraged and strengthened in my spirit because of the hope, the joy, and the comfort we have with God. There may be raging waters and storms in your life right now but as a Christian our God wants to lead you to “still waters”.
I pray that God will use this passage to remind us that we need to rely on Him for His leadership and provision whether we are in over our head or not that day.