The Lord is my shepherd,
I will not be in need.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For the sake of His name.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Certainly goodness and faithfulness will follow me all the days of my life,
And my dwelling will be in the house of the Lord forever.
Note that much of this is applicable to a Spiritual Surgery. The only place David was safe to rest was in green pastures. Look at the rest. He leads, He restores, He guides, I walk through, You are with me, You prepare. Jesus’s rod n staff were a comfort to him. He knew of what they were and what they were used for. Peace came in who he was with and trust in who he was with.
We are learning what David knew. I know that I am. I struggle when it appears that I am standing in the valley of the shadow of death. Uncertainty causes me more fear than people do.
Scripture also tells us to bear one another's burdens. All too many within the Church are not doing this well at all and the Church turns to seek a different vision for people. God wasn't stuttering when He said what those in the Church ought to be like. Wasn't joking about the wages of sin. Wasn't making off-handed remarks that could be taken seriously or not about the drive for purity in the holiness of a life in Christ Jesus. Too many people within the Church will be terrified on the day of the Rapture to find they are still here because they never really gave their lives to Christ Jesus. They never took God at His Word. Never believed things were as bad as they are with sin.
You and I were told to deny self, take up our own cross and follow Jesus.
We were shown the lives of the Disciples, in that's what they did. It's how they lived with Christ Jesus.
I am thankful and grateful to my Savior and Physician, my Potter and Lord for all that He's guided me through in life. The good things and the bad that have been a part of my life.
I am growing in Christ in His hands because that's where I am.
Are you? Or would a look at your life by examination reveal more of the world in you than Jesus?