During my quiet time with the Lord yesterday, the 23rd Psalm came to mind. You might be familiar with it. I invite you to take a fresh look at those words of David with me, hearing them as a living promise of God specifically for you as you walk through your own journey with cancer.
The Lord is my Shepherd…Shepherds literally live for their sheep. They are with their sheep 24/7, protecting them from harm, keeping watch over them, and guiding them in the right direction. Ask your own personal Good Shepherd, Jesus, to guide and protect you every step of the way. Your fear will dissolve, and the peace of God will calm your soul.
What the Good Shepherd Does for You
I shall not want. One of the main roles of the Shepherd is to guide the sheep to water and food, so they are not hungry or thirsty. A wise shepherd always guides them to the food that’s best for their health and well-being. Ask Jesus right now to show you the food He’s provided for you that will support your body’s healing.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures. Wow, a lovely “pastoral” scene comes to mind! Can you see a lush pasture full of the healthiest food–green grass–for His sheep to safely rest in? It’s a serene place to relax and rest your body, soul, and spirit for your complete healing. Ask God to give you a healing place to “lie down.” He knows you need to rest comfortably in a setting that is peaceful for you.
He leads me beside the still waters. Sheep don’t like rushing waters. The danger of being whisked away makes them afraid. Yet all sheep need to drink water. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, leads us beside the quiet, safe waters for our refreshment. He knows our bodies need pure water to flush out the dead cancer cells and any toxins from treatment, too.
He restores my soul. Jesus gives us the strength we need in our mind, our will (determination), and our emotions (a peace of mind knowing God has us throughout this battle we face). His strength restores us and refreshes our hope in His love and healing for each of us.
He leads us on the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Our Good Shepherd is guiding us along the best paths of healing for us specifically, and this brings honor to His name as our Good Shepherd. He is in charge. Will we let Him lead us?
Journaling About the Good Shepherd
In our next blog, we will finish with the last 3 verses of Psalm 23. Now, to restore your own soul, I would suggest you go back through each highlighted verse (basically taken from the King James Version, 21st Century (KJV21) of the Bible, and journal about what each one says to you personally.
Ask God to guide your words and your understanding of this much loved Psalm that shows David’s steady faith and trust in the Lord as His Shepherd. Ask Him to show you how He is guiding you on your own cancer walk.
Believe He will guide you every step of the way, dear sisters! Jesus is our Good Shepherd!
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