Settle DownDaily Thoughts
Ezekiel 34:15 “I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD”
Psalm 23:1-2 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters”
I know we talk a lot in church about ‘stepping outside your comfort zone’ and that the Christian life is meant to be challenging and sacrificial, but there is a sense in scripture where God goes out of his way to make us settle down. Whilst God does want us to be challenged and keep serving him and others, he also wants us to settle into the place in life to which he has called us. God wants us to settle into his will and to embrace the things he will give us.
God’s will applies to all areas of life, where to live, where to study, what job to get, who to date, which Church to attend. Within all these questions lies his will and the choice he wants us to make. The Holy Spirit guides us with peace, and so when faced with an option it is normally the one that makes us most peaceful and settled which is the right one. God’s will is like a rut in a track which we must settle into and follow. We often struggle to settle into it though because we think our life should look different somehow.
1 Corinthians 7:17 “Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him…”
This requires patience as we must trust that where God has placed us is best for us. Often we think we can get more out of life by doing something else, or by speeding up the process but God does not change his plans for our impatience. It is actually in the will of God where we will receive the most from life. That is what this principle is about, God wants us to settle into a place in life where we can just receive from him. Like making sheep lie down in green pasture they can receive food from the grass, water from the stream and warmth from the sun. From receiving these vital ingredients to life they produce offspring, milk and wool. Just as we receive from God we give it back to him through service and obedience, yet receiving comes first!
Mark 6:39 “Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass”
Why did Mark make special note of the green grass? Perhaps because Jesus did also and the others just missed it. I think Jesus was making it clear that people have to be in the right place to fully receive from him. This was at the feeding of the 5000, and they were all about to get abundantly blessed from God. If they had been sitting on rock, they would have been uncomfortable and distracted and would not have fully received the blessing with joy and thankfulness. In order for you to fully receive from God, he needs to get you into a place where you can be settled. Not distracted by the things around you, but just solely focusing on him and enjoying life with him.
Do you feel unsettled in life? Is it time to seek God’s will and embrace where he wants you to go?