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by Rev. Don Rivers

  We have taken some broad strokes as we looked at this Winter Bible Study passage, now it is time to dig in. Just like taking a new car to the track, you do some laps, get a feel for it and then the time comes to make it go fast. It is time to take this passage apart, verse by verse and commit to letting it make a difference in our lives. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  Before you can go fast in a racecar you have to get comfortable with it. You have to get a feel for it and learn what the limits are. The same with Scripture, there is the big picture, a feel for the entire message. Then you take a closer look, like making fine adjustments to make everything work together for a complete understanding.

  David writes about the things God offers us. We have come to understand that God loves us, He cares for us, He is willing to accept us where we are and He wants us to experience life to its fullest. Now what does that really mean?

Psalm 23:1,
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

  What does it mean “not to want?” It means we trust that God will for provide for all our needs. We feel somehow that if we depend on someone else to provide for us then we are weak. We are somehow incomplete if we cannot provide for ourselves. Let’s look at it a little different. Can any of us predict the future?

  While I was waiting for the Super Bowl to begin, I know what team I want to win, but there is no way for me to state with any certainty which one will. That’s why we play the game. It is like running a race. If we knew who was going to win we wouldn’t have to spend the money or take the chance and run the race.

  David says if you let God lead your life, He will meet all your needs. God does know what the future holds. He knows what is ahead for each of us. We can however be prepared for the future by trusting in God and letting Him prepare us. I spoke about it at Mount Carmel Christian Church; we will all have storms in our lives, whether we survive or not depends on the foundation we build our lives on. David says, “Let God lead and He will meet your needs.” Not only will our needs be met but we don’t have to figure out how to meet them, just let God lead.

Psalm 23:2-3a,
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

  What picture comes to mind when you think of green pastures and quiet waters? We don’t picture chaos or turmoil, do we? No, we think of a calm refreshing, a peace. When we give God the responsibility for meeting our needs we can be at peace, we can focus on the things around us, not on getting the stuff we think we need. Think about what it means to lie down in the green grass, by a quiet stream, looking up at the blue sky and taking a deep breath. AHHHHH! Somewhat refreshing isn’t it? I’m going to date myself here, but do you remember that song from a few years back, ok maybe a few decades back, “What a Day for a Daydream” by The Lovin’ Spoonful? I think of that song when I read these verses. For those who are not familiar with it here are some of the words;

What a day for a daydream, What a day for a day dreamin' boy.
And I'm lost in a daydream, Dreamin' 'bout my bundle of joy.
And even if time ain't really on my side, It's one of those days for taking a walk outside.
I'm blowing the day to take a walk in the sun, And fall on my face in somebody's new mowed lawn.”

  There is something about the smell of a new mowed lawn that brings to mind the carefree days of my youth. I didn’t have a care in the world. My friend Steve and I would take off on our bikes, go fishing, do anything we wanted and when we finally came home there would be supper and a place to rest.

  Think of God in that sense. Spend the day focusing on the world around you and let God meet your needs. The byproduct will be a restored soul. Your life will be rejuvenated; you will have a new focus and a peace in your heart.

  Digest that this week, let God lead you beside quiet waters and through green pastures. Let Him restore your soul. Until next time, remember God loves you and Jesus is Lord over Auto Racing! God Bless. Remember, that your prayerful support helps us continue this ministry. Thank You.

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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

   May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don


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Source: Rev Don Rivers / Racing With Jesus Ministries
Posted: February 10, 2017

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