Standing in the checkout line, I noticed the child from the corner of my eye. You couldn’t help but notice. He was throwing a temper tantrum. “I want it!” he wailed at the top of his lungs. The bedraggled mother tried her best to wrestle the package of M & Ms from his hands while apologizing to the cashier. She didn’t dare look at the customers in line behind her. Tommy “wanted” the M & M’s. That was clear. But his mother knew full well that her child wasn’t “lacking” for food. His temper tantrum wasn’t unfamiliar to me. Although I don’t like to admit it, sometimes I can be like Tommy. When I get my mind around what I think I want and I don’t get it, I may complain. I may whine in my spirit. What makes me different from Tommy? Height and weight. There’s something else, though, that can and should make believers different from Tommy. The renowned shepherd, David, points us to the key to being calm and trusting God rather than demanding and complaining. “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1 David grasped something I sometimes forget. There’s a difference between what I “want” and what I “lack.” Psalm 23:1 is best interpreted,
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack for nothing.
In other words, David was aware that the Lord was watching over him, leading him, and protecting him. He was mindful of his Shepherd’s provision. If there are times you focus more on what you want rather than on God’s provision and you want to develop a more grateful attitude, consider journaling what you are grateful for every day in Prayers of My Heart prayer journal. Why? It will help you. 7 Benefits of Journaling. Begin today looking more like Christ and less like Tommy.
Jehovah-Ra-ah, thank You for being our Shepherd. In You, we lack for nothing.
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