April 30, 2012

Do You Know Where You Are?

Psalm 23

The LORD is my Shepherd … . I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
—Psalm 23:1, 6


I read of two men who went to sleep on a houseboat. During the night the boat broke away from its moorings and drifted off to sea. The first man got up and looked around but could see no land. He ran to his friend and called out, “Get up quickly. We aren’t here anymore!”

I laughed when I read that story. But it got me to thinking, “How many people are there today who don’t know where they are in life?”

Perhaps difficulties in your life have made you ready to give up. Perhaps you are so busy that you have not taken time to ask, “Where am I going?”

Psalm 23 is one of the sweetest portions of the Bible. It speaks to us in helpful ways about the journey of life. David, the psalmist, declares boldly, in effect, “&lsquoThe LORD is my shepherd’ who leads me and guides me. In good times and in hard times, whether facing enemies or seated at a table overflowing with goodness—even in the face of death—I know where I am going. Because I am following the Lord, my shepherd, &lsquoI will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.’”

You may not know where you are, but God does. He also knows that wherever we are, we need Jesus, the good shepherd—and that’s all that matters. Are you following him?

Good Shepherd, may I follow you joyfully every day of my life. Thank you that because of your love, revealed in Jesus Christ, I may “dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Amen.

About the author — John Van Schepen

Dr. John Van Schepen is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon and California. He and his wife, Willie, have been blessed with five children and several grandchildren.

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