I am continuing “Truth for Thursday” here at Being Refined As Silver. We are on the last chapter of “Lies Women Believe”, chapter 11: “The Truth That Sets Us Free”. It will take several weeks to review this chapter, so I hope you will continue to come back each week.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss encourages her readers to take time to savor these liberating, life-changing truths. She suggests saying each Truth aloud, again and again until your thinking becomes aligned with God’s way of thinking.
Here is the fourth truth:
God is enough.
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1
A few years ago I did a bible study by Elizabeth George (one of my favorite Christian authors) titled “Powerful Promises for Every Woman: 12 Life-Changing Truths from Psalm 23”. Each week we went through one of the verses. I would like to share a bit of what I learned in that study.
In Hebrew the words the Lord is my shepherd come from two words, Jehovah-Rohi. One major meaning of the word shepherd is “to feed”. God feeds us both physically and spiritually. As one of God’s sheep you have the promise that He will feed you.
Another way the word shepherd is used in the Bible is in a figurative sense to signify the leadership role of a prince with his people. What a comfort to know that we are led by our Great Shepherd. We may not know the path that is before us but we can trust that God will lead us. God promises it in His Word.
Another figurative use of the word rohi is in regard to folly and judgment. In the scriptures we are warned not to consume, take part of or be involved with activities that would not exalt God. As we walk close to God and delight in Him we are safe from God’s judgment. (Summarized from Elizabeth George’s book)
Are we living in the truth that God is our shepherd? Are we seeking after something else to lead us? May we take comfort in knowing that God is our shepherd. He will feed us and lead us. May we seek to always walk close to Him.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss sums it up so well by writing “The Truth is, if we have Him, we have everything we need for our present peace and happiness.”
To God be the Glory!