James encourages believers to “consider it pure joy” when they face all kinds of trials and difficulties. What possible benefit could God have for introducing or allowing trials in our lives? This is the question we endeavor to answer today. Trials can reveal the maturity of our faith. They can refine and strengthen us. Trials can wean us from dependence on worldly things. And more. If God’s goal for His children is maturity and completeness, trials will always be part of our story.
What does it mean for the Lord to be our Shepherd? According to David in Psalm 23, it means that we shall never be in want of anything. We will be made to slow down, quiet down, and sit down. Our souls will be restored and whole, like they were designed to be from the beginning. We shall not fear evil or death – no matter what we’re facing. Many of us know the Psalm… Let’s make sure we know the Shepherd.