What a stress-filled world we live in! In Psalm 23:2 the Bible gives good advice to troubled, stressed and sorely pressed people. “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.”
Throughout the Bible, God compares us to sheep. Psalm 100 tells us that we are the sheep of his pasture. I’ve read that sheep begin to graze at about 4 o’clock in the morning. At about 11 o’clock, the shepherd finds a shady place and makes them rest. It is during this time that the sheep grow the fastest. Every shepherd knows how important it is to have this quiet time. Even so much the more should we make time to be still and rest. But most of us think it’s wrong or even somewhat lazy of us to be quiet and still. So much of our life demands that we be busy ALL the time. How sad!
Being compared to sheep is not necessarily a compliment but rather a description. We are like sheep. We are dependent on someone. We are defenseless without someone to guard us and we have a bad sense of direction without someone to guide us. However, we as Christians have a Shepherd who helps us in this stress-filled life.
We have security in our Shepherd. We all need security and real security only comes from placing our lives in the hands of God.
We have sufficiency in our Shepherd. Most people worry because they are afraid their needs won’t be met. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added onto you.”
We have serenity in our Shepherd. Everybody is in a hurry. Oh, how we need to learn to be still and rest in His promises.
The cure for stress is simple. Let God be your security, your sufficiency, and you serenity. Lie down in His green pastures and rest your troubled heart by His still waters. We need to rest and meditate once in a while. It's OK...really! If we don’t come apart and rest we will just plain come apart.