“He will protect His flock like a shepherd, He will gather the lambs in His arm, He will carry them in His bosom; He will gently and carefully lead those nursing their young.”
ISAIAH 40:11 AMP http://bible.com/1588/isa.40.11.amp
What do you desire?
I heard the Lord ask me this morning.
I had to think about it.
Then I realized, after I had started “digging out this well”,
I don’t really know.
But He does.
Thats the difference between sheep and a shepherd.
Sheep are dumb.
I’m not being mean.
Obviously God doesn’t call us dumb in the sense we’ve always known it,
but more often then not,
we don’t really even know what we need or want,
But God, He knows.
He created us to need Him as our Shepherd.
He likes to lead us.
He enjoys watching us.
I’m sure the past few blogs show that I enjoy hunting.
Last deer season I came away extremely frustrated.
At myself and God.
I was telling myself I wasn’t frustrated at God.
I “know” the problem is never on His end, but I knew deep down and so did He, I was frustrated.
As I recap and look through last season with this different lens,
I see where I missed it, and I’m not just talking about the deer.
What I wanted, was what I thought I wanted.
Just like the pedicure.
Just like the haircut.
Even the deer.
They don’t last, but revelation,
I attended a conference this past weekend and as the Pastor of the church called me to the front, I expected, according to how things normally go,
that they would take up and offering and send me on my way.
But something completely different happened.
The Pastor asked the congregation to lay hands on me, so that I would be filled back up, because I had come to pour my heart, God’s heart, out to them.
What happened next was pretty incredible.
He said, “I know you were expecting money, but I want to give you what I know you desire.
Those are the moments that take my breath away.
When the Lord is truly our Shepherd,
when we don’t just know it and quote it,
but BELIEVE it,
then we shall not want.
Even what We think we want, God supersedes to what He knows We want.
|And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.|
|9 And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.|
|10 Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.|
|11 ¶ And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there.|
|12 And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him.|
|13 And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people.|
|14 ¶ And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old.|
|15 ¶ And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door.|
|16 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid.|
|17 ¶ And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. 2 Kings 4:8-17|
What God had placed as a secret desire of her heart, only He could fulfill.
She had given up hope.
She didn’t even entertain the thought any longer.
But God knew.
Today, I don’t just know, but I believe, with the Lord as my Shepherd, I shall never want.