For the past two weeks (18 days to be exact) I took a small break from the social media world. There would be no Facebook – no Twitter – NOTHING! My mindset heading into this “fast” was originally to read the Bible, in its entirety, within that small window of time. Within my life there had been some occurrences and “issues” that had popped up. In all honesty, some of them made me question God on a number of different things. For the record, that is not a sign of faithlessness or doubt!
In my opinion one of the most misunderstood passages of the twenty-third Psalm is verse 2: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” As you read this passage, you might imagine herds of sheep eating on the green hillside and drinking in a nearby babbling brook. What made me stop and consider was the thought that the Shepherd had to make the sheep lie down in green pastures.
We search incessantly for the reasons behind the tragedy... we ask “WHY?” This might give joy, might not. Knowing the reason is NOT ‘Finding Joy.' Joy is not just a fact, it is a person. Phil 4:7 promises the peace that passes understanding ... beyond facts, knowledge, and reason!
Paul’s prayer (Ephesians 3:14-21) begins with “your glory” (v. 13b) and ends with “glory” (v. 21) This is a simple passage on how to pray for each other. These four things give God the glory He deserves/desires: