The Presence Promise: The Great Shepherd – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:1-7
Key Verse: Hebrews 13:20-21
May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The printed key verse for today starts with a vivid description of our God: “May the God of peace…” It is not really our problems that are our problem; it is the loss of peace that destroys us. When I have car problems, it is easy for me to stress out; I am not a mechanic, but when a mechanic has the very same problem with his car, he keeps a sense of peace because he knows how to fix it. The car problem was not really the reason for peace or no peace—it was about who has the knowledge of how to fix it. When an unbeliever goes through problems in life, it is understandable that they stress out. But a believer, facing the same problems, can have peace because of our knowledge of God’s promises!
The God of peace wants to shine through us—especially when it’s “dark”! Life gets dark and scary at times. Will you trust the God of peace to be there for you? Can you learn, during these tough times, to lean on the God that you trusted to forgive your sins?
Our scripture for today reminds us that this God of peace is all-powerful! Our God brought Jesus back from the dead—our Lord Jesus. Jesus now serves as our great Shepherd. He is present in our lives—at all times and for all needs. Relax in our Shepherd’s care!
Father, I will enjoy your peace today! I am going to live today in the reality of your presence and constant care over me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.