Updated: Apr 22, 2020
*This devotion was taken from the devotions Pastor Frankie is writing on Psalm 23 and mailing to the children of EVNaz on a weekly basis. These devotional books can be found at www.evnaz.org/kidsmatterministries.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures,” Psalm 23:2a
Where David lived; the land was like the desert. There weren’t any green pastures unless a shepherd worked hard to provide one. A shepherd, like David, had to know how to clear away the rocks, tear out the dry bushes and roots, plow the land, prepare the soil, plant seeds and special grain, and irrigate with water. They didn’t have a sprinkler system or city water like we do.
If the shepherd wanted his sheep to enjoy green pastures instead of the barren hills it meant that he had hard work that would take a tremendous amount of time and skill, ahead of him.
Green pastures are important for sheep. The sheep feed on the rich, green pastures. This helps them to be well fed and able to rest and gain the needed weight.
For a Christian, we are promised a life of joy, victory, and contentment. It has been provided by Jesus Christ. Jesus works to clear the life of stony unbelief. He tears out the roots of bitterness and hate. He attempts to break up the proud human heart. He sows the seed of His own Holy Word, which if given a chance to grow produces a crop of peace.
The Good Shepherd, Jesus, has provided green pastures for the Christian who wants to move onto them and find peace.
Pray: Heavenly Father, I choose You. Help me to move to the green pasture. Help me to trust you and live the way you want me to.
In Jesus Name, Amen.