Psalm 23:1-6 (NRSV)

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

 3 he restores my soul. b He leads me in right paths c for his name’s sake. 
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, d I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me 
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely e goodness and mercy f shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long. g

Psalm 23:4 (NRSV)

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, a I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me                            

DEVOTION – Duncan Charwadza (Harare, Zimbabwe)

For many years the spirit of fear engulfed me.  I feared almost everything – any situation and any undertaking.  As a result, I endured many sleepless nights.  Even when I slept, I would have strange nightmares.  Then my fear was cast out on an ordinary day, while I was sitting in the front seat of a taxi.

The sticker on the dashboard read, “My taxi is the best.  Pay and rest.  I will do the rest.”  The sticker prompted me to ask myself, If I can rest in this taxi, how much more can I rest in my Lord Jesus Christ?  Isn’t God the best?  Can’t I stop worrying, believe in God, and rest?  No sooner had I laid my fear before God than I felt a great sense of relief.  I found myself humming a song:  “Why do you  worry, when you can pray?  Trust in Jesus.  He will be your guide.”

Faced with any difficult situation today, I say, “Jesus is the best.  I will believe, trust in God, and rest, and God will do the rest.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What fears can I leave in God’s care today?

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for always being present with us in times of need.  Amen.

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