Day 20

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

“If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.” Corrie Ten Boom

Recently, Pastor Adam shared the following story in his sermon about the Sabbath. It’s definitely worth revisiting: A pastor visited the Holy Land anticipating the Bible to come to life before his very eyes. One day, he saw a herd of sheep being driven through the streets of a small town he was visiting. He was very excited because he was going to see the interaction of a shepherd with his sheep; he could visually make an analogy with Jesus, the Good Shepherd. To his surprise, however, the shepherd was walking behind the herd - not leading it. He was yelling at them and beating them. The priest turned to the tour guide and asked him about it. “No, no, you misunderstand,” the guide explained. “You are not seeing the shepherd; he is the butcher. As Pastor Adam pointed out, this story can apply to what stressful, relentless busyness will do to our lives. We are driven, driven, driven - and to what? Satan would love to use our busyness to drive us to slaughter. Busyness will distract us from godly pursuits and an imperative relationship with our Lord. It can become stressful, affecting our physical, mental, and emotional health. Satan would love to use our busyness to drive us to destruction. But the Good Shepherd has come that we might have life, and have it to the full! He leads us beside still waters - not stressful, agitated waters. His example teaches us to remove ourselves from the crowd and find time for prayer and solitude with the Father. He wants us to not worry about tomorrow, but to live in today. He wants us to slow down and recognize the gift of Sabbath. Will the enemy use busyness to drive you to slaughter, or will you be led by the Good Shepherd?

Pray Psalm 143:8-10:

Cause me to hear Your

Lovingkindness in the morning,

For in You do I trust;

Cause me to know the way in

Which I should walk,

For I lift up my soul to You.

Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies;

In You I take shelter.

Teach me to do Your will,

For You are my God;

Your Spirit is good.

Lead me in the land of uprightness.

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