Luke 18:1-17; Genesis 29:31-35; Genesis 30; Psalm 23
“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3 NKJV)
Oh these days! If the news doesn’t drain you emotionally, nothing will. OK, maybe going to work with people who are complete…er…maybe it would be nicer to say, don’t have a firm grasp of what they’re supposed to do and how they’re supposed to act. Maybe you’re dealing with stress at home. There’s tension between you and your spouse and neither side’s willing to give. The kids aren’t cooperating, and nothing is going right. I think David had times like that. Remember that he was a shepherd. Sheep aren’t always the most compliant of creatures. In fact, they’re downright stubborn and stupid. I used to joke that West Texas Baptists were like most Baptists: they didn’t dance, unless it rained and they didn’t cuss, unless they were working sheep. They are that dumb and hard to work with. But David recognized that God was the great shepherd and talked about how good God was at washing away all our troubles and issues. He restored David’s soul, as He restores ours when we look to Him. He leads us in paths of righteousness, not for our sake, but for His. When we are righteousness, it should show people how great He is, not make people think that we’re wonderful.
Does your soul need restoring? Probably, unless you deal with perfect people all day long. And let’s face it, if you deal with perfect people all day long, their souls are gonna need some restoring! Whatever your problems, whatever your issues, lay them all before God and let Him restore your soul and return the joy of life back to you.
Oh Lord, sometimes I wonder why I have to deal with the people I have to deal with. Then. I realize that those same people have to deal with me. Lead me in paths of righteousness so that You can use me to restore the souls of other people. Restore my soul so that I can experience Your joy and be a joy to others.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.