In 2011 our family moved to a new area of Brazil. We went from the jungle to the mountains. It was a drastic climate and culture change. From time to time, people have asked me about what it was like to make such a move. I had to go where I didn’t know anyone much less where I was going to live and continue raising my family in a completely different culture than to which we were accustomed. I always stop and think before responding. I enjoy a few minutes of remembering the peace that God gave us about that time in our lives. There are really no words that adequately describe what that grace and peace feels like, but I attempt to explain it when asked.
When God calls you to do something, it is without repentance. He has your life in His hands and He knows what the past, present and future hold. So, when God called us to the mountains, we never questioned it. We assumed, and rightfully so, that God would go before us and lead the way. And He did and continues to do so.
In Matthew 26:31-32, Jesus is speaking to His disciples just after His “Last Supper”. They have sung a hymn and gone out to the mount of Olives. He quotes something from Zechariah about the Shepherd and then He says,
“But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.”
I thought this was an amazing statement. He is speaking of the time AFTER what He has yet to go through. He is already showing the victory that will be had and that He will be there to lead and guide into the post Calvary, post resurrection age! Do you see it? He is all at once showing His Divine nature and comforting His people!
Why do you and I fret over the “unknown”? Has Jesus changed? Is He not our Shepherd? Can He not guide us on our way?
David says in Psalms 25, “Good and upright is the LORD: Therefore will he teach sinners in the way.”
Matthew 26:32 is proof!
David goes on to say, “What man is he that feareth the LORD? Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.” Psalm 25:12-13.
I think you and I should want to “dwell at ease” in the knowledge that God is before us, leading and already there! We are the sheep of His pasture and there has never been a better Shepherd.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Genesis 46-48 / I Samuel 28 / Matthew 27