Scripture Reading: Psalm 23:2

Welcome to today’s devotional, as we continue our reflection on Psalm 23, the Lord invites us saying ‘Come to me and have your rest’. We are living in days of extreme weariness. Our minds are tired, our bodies are tired, our hearts are tired, our nerves are tired, in most aspects of life we are tired and exhausted. In the move to meet up with the expectations of life, we now spend more time laboring, with little or no time to rest. Everything moves with such speed, that if we attempt to rest, it seems as if we will never meet up again. Frustration and stress characterise our daily life, even at night, when we are supposed to rest, the problems of life keep us awake. The yokes and burden we carry on our shoulders, the inhuman labor we are subjected to by the unjust structure and policies of our world and offices deprive us from having rest as of when due. The yoke of sinful life, undisciplined lifestyle, weakness of our will, our moral weakness, the hurts of unforgiveness, the guilt of past sins, our spiritual fatigue, demonic manipulation, and fear of the unknown deny us peace of mind and also result in restlessness. St. Augustine says; “Restless is our heart until it comes to rest in thee.

 A sheep is under the care of the shepherd and follows the shepherd. We must be submitted to the Lord as our Shepherd and follow Him. We should not live any way we want and go wherever we want. We must follow the Lord and be under His care; then we shall not want for rest as He promised. When the Lord is our Shepherd He enables us to experience peace and rest. The Lord wants us to rest and enjoy His peace. In Psalm 4:8 the word of God says: “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Deuteronomy 12:10 says: “But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.” Psalm 3:5 says: “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

Dear friends, our Lord Jesus comes into our situations as our Shepherd who is able to lead us into some quiet places where we can lie down and rest. For us to truly have our rest, we must have peace, but Jesus our Shepherd provides the needed peace for our rest. Ephesians 2:14 says, “For He is our peace.” In John 14:27 Jesus the Good Shepherd declares: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world give, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” So the peace Christ leaves is the power to overcome fear, calm stormy seas and mercy for a repentant sinner. How many sheep are restless today, because they rejected the invitation of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and because they refuse to have faith in the words of the Shepherd? Faith in God’s word and obedience to His will is our source of peace. Let us conclude today’s reflection with the words of Saint Francis de Sales: “Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear. Rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God to whom you belong will in his love enable you to profit by them. He has guided you thus far in life. Do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all trials. Whenever you cannot stand, He will carry you lovingly in his arms. Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same Eternal Father who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day of your life. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts, all vain dreads and all anxious imaginations.

Prayer points:

  1. Thank the Lord for His word today
  2. Take this prayer: O Lord, give us a peaceful rest that like David we may lie down in peace, and sleep each night while we live; and may we joyfully lie down in the appointed time to sleep in death in the peace of God in the name of Jesus-Amen.
  3. Tell Jesus about your worries and yokes, for He will give you rest
  4. Take this Prayer for Trust in Jesus by St. Ignatius of Loyola: O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things- in the name of Jesus-Amen
  5. Thank God for prayers answered

Exercise: Endeavour to follow the will of God for in it lies your peace

Memory Verse: Galatians 6:16