Encouragement for Today
By Susanne Scheppmann, Proverbs 31 Speaker Team Member, Co-editor of Online Devotions
Psalm 23:1-4, “God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through
The heat radiated from the pavement through my white athletic shoes. Although, the summer heat was still months away, the sun blazed down on the
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Sometimes as believers, we wander into a spiritual desert. Our path becomes dry and lackluster as we lose our bearings. We feel isolated. Our prayers seem to bounce back from the heavens. However, no matter how desolate our spiritual landscape, we must cling to the promises of God. He says, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5, NIV). In the familiar passage of Psalm 23:4, the psalmist reminds us, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (NIV)
Do you feel lost in a desert today? Do you need some direction? Need refreshing? If yes, I have good news for you! Read the map of life, the Bible, and then follow the directions. Hold to the promise found in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (NIV)
You will not only regain your bearings, but your thirsty soul will find refreshment.
Take a cool drink from the hand of the Shepherd. Sip the Living Water of Jesus. “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:13-14, NIV)
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My Prayer for Today:
Jesus, remind me today that You are always by my side as my faithful Shepherd, even when I feel like I am crawling through
Read Psalm 23 aloud. Think how God has been your faithful Shepherd during this week. Ponder your
When I am in a spiritual desert, do I turn to God and His Word?
Do I read my Bible for direction in my life on a regular basis?
Do I follow the Shepherd or do I go my own direction?
Isaiah 40:31, “Yet those who wait for the Lord, Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.” (NASB)
John 10:14, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” (NIV)
Jeremiah 31:25, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." (NIV)
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Originally published Tuesday, 13 September 2005.