Green Pastures and Quiet Waters

Lie Down in Green Pastures

When you walk through a day with childlike delight, savoring every blessing, you proclaim your trust in Me: your ever-present Shepherd. 

Dear Jesus,

I would love to go through my days with childlike delight — enjoying every blessing You provide. However, I am rarely that lighthearted. Oh, I have my moments: times when I rejoice in You and with You. I long for those bright moments, which punctuate the timeline of my days, to spread out and cover increasingly more of my life.

Beloved, this is a good desire, but you cannot achieve it through self-discipline or by trying harder. Your ability to rejoice in Me with childlike delight flows out of your relationship with Me. Think of all it means to have Me as your Shepherd: My full-time job is watching over you, taking care of you. Because I am infinite, I can care for you as if you were My only “sheep.” Remember that I am the Good Shepherd. When danger threatens, I never abandon you. I have even gone so far as to lay down My Life for you. I, the Good Shepherd, know My sheep and My sheep know Me — just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father. Chew on that awesome truth as you lie down and rest in green pastures.

To walk through a day with carefree delight, you must trust in My Love with childlike certainty. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing Love for you will not be shaken. The more you trust in this unfailing Love, the more you can enjoy My Presence. Look trustingly to Me while we journey together, and I will point out delights along the way. As you savor these pleasures, your bright moments will multiply in the Light of My Presence.

I am the Good Shepherd; I know My sheep and My sheep know me — just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father — and I lay down My life for the sheep. — John 10:14-15

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. — Isaiah 54:10

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Your Turn

“Your ability to rejoice in Me with childlike delight flows out of your relationship with Me.” Think about this sentence from Sarah Young’s book, Dear Jesus and meditate on God’s unfailing love. What does a deeper awareness of His Love produce in your heart? Leave a comment below as we would love to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

Sarah Young

Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 30 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Always, Jesus Today™, Jesus Lives™, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, Jesus Always: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence-each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

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