Do We Really Let Him Lead?

The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for His Name's sake.

Psalms 23:1-3, KJV

 

If you were to take a poll of people's favorite Bible passages, the 23rd Psalm would rank near the top. If you were to ask people what passage gave them the most comfort, this would be one of the first ones they would think of. Yet the sad truth is that most people who are seeking the comfort that this Psalm offers can never receive it. Why not?

 

While I cannot speak for others, I can give the reason in my own life: It is because I don't always let God lead! Because of that, I do end up in want. Furthermore, I don't ever really get to those quiet waters that are guaranteed to restore my soul, and I often miss that good and righteous path, again, because I don't allow God to be in the lead.

 

The fact is that I have missed too many of God's blessings that I have longed for and so desperately needed because I have wanted to take the lead. I have spent a great deal of life "blazing" my own selfish paths, thinking that somehow I could obtain that peaceful state that we all desire. But the path that leads to those still waters that are promised to restore our souls can never be "discovered" by going our own way and asking God to give them to us. And the reason is that this place of paradise can only be found by following the Shepherd to it.

 

In other words, God's blessings are not for available for self-directed leaders, but only for those who are humble enough to follow the Father and the Son.

 

So, if you have sought the peace of the 23rd Psalm but always seem to fall short of it, consider this: Is it possible that you too have been asking God for these paths of peace while going your own way? If that is the case then your life has likely been far more unsettled than you have desired. The good news is that the solution is quite simple: Yield the lead to the Good Shepherd and follow Him. It's very likely that by doing so that you will finally find that righteous path that leads to those still waters that we all long for.