March 13

“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’” Acts 13:22
God’s ways are not our ways. 
I can’t see myself looking for a new king in a remote smelly sheep fold.
But God did!
As you look behind the scenes a little more you can gain some insight into what God saw. David was a very good shepherd of his sheep, but he was an even better shepherd of his soul! How can a king lead a nation if he can’t shepherd his soul?
What does it mean to shepherd your soul?
How does it happen?
What does it look like?
Like David in the pasture as a shepherd, it requires you to be spiritually present, to be spiritually alert and to be spiritually ready!
David challenges me to be spiritually present. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
Not so fast! 
Being spiritually present requires me to be sure I am exactly where God wants me to be – fully engaged with God in the present moment! The only way you can do that is to have your past fully forgiven and your future safely secured!
Being spiritually present is not possible if I am distracted by regrets or guilt from my past or if I am preoccupied by fears of my future.
Tending sheep as a good shepherd required David to be fully present at any and every given moment. If he was troubled over something that happened yesterday or consumed by concerns for tomorrow his effectiveness as a shepherd would suffer. Being fully present as a shepherd taught David how to be fully present with God.
If you will stop and think about it, those most precious and powerful moments you have enjoyed with God were moments when you managed to be fully engaged in the presence of God. There was no thought of the past or concern for the future. Right?
What if you could capture that more often?
What if you could live in those moments more often than in your distracted moments?
What if you could shepherd your soul to be more present in His presence?
That is why your Good Shepherd sent His Son, the Lamb of God, to die for your sins and to arise from the grave! On the cross He took the guilt and shame of your sin and in His resurrection. He took away your fear of death!
What if He did this to make it possible for you to be fully present with God moment by moment?

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