“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).
At the end of World War II, there were thousands of homeless, hungry children left in the rubble of war. They were rounded up and placed in large camps, where food and compassionate care were given, but they were afraid and restless, and couldn’t sleep at night.
After studying the problem, a psychologist came up with an idea. When the children went to bed, each of them was given one slice of bread to hold. They could have more to eat if they wanted, but this slice of bread was not to be eaten. They were simply to hold it.
The slice of bread they held had a wonderful effect on them. The children could go to sleep knowing they would have something to eat in the morning. Knowing this gave them peace and a good night’s sleep.
Knowing the Lord (Jesus Christ) is our shepherd can have the same beneficial effect on us. Our Shepherd has made plans for us for today and tomorrow. He will lead us, guide us, and provide for our needs. We can trust Him.
Who is your shepherd?
Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org