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"God With Us in the Fields of Life"

August 18, 2003

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He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:2

We ought not overlook David's striking consciousness of God at work in the fields of life. We, too, can see Him there if only we look.

Often we are like the lady who took her first train ride to see her son. She had hardly gotten settled when she was up to check on whether her baggage was secure, to seek out the conductor to make sure she was on the right train, to summon the porter to bring a pillow, to find the water cooler, then to call the porter again to open the window, and on and on. The conductor called, "Jamestown!" It was her destination! She sighed, "If I had known the trip was so short, I would have taken time to enjoy the countryside."

There are two ways of living. We can be so occupied with immediate needs that we never really look at the life around us. Or we can pause, look up, and catch a view of God majestically providing for the needs of His flock.

While we are manufacturing imaginary needs, accompanied by frequent bleatings, the Good Shepherd is supplying our every want. God sustains our life and points the way to righteousness and eternal glory through the cross of Jesus.

PRAYER: Father of lights, from whom comes every good and perfect gift, and who has given Your Son that we might live with You in glory, fill our hearts with genuine gratitude. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800--325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 48-50    1 Corinthians 11:1-16

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