Practice Soul Care
David said, ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul…’ (vv 1-3 NKJV).
Today car engines are computerized. A light on your dashboard will let you know something’s wrong and that it’s time for a checkup. Your soul will do that too. But you’ve got to pay attention to the signals! Don’t wait until you have a spiritual, moral, emotional, or relational breakdown before you stop and pay attention.
When your soul’s thirst is not quenched and its needs are not met, it will seek relief some other way, often a way that will hurt you. You must know when to say ‘when’. Most of us don’t take breaks that enable us to ‘restore our souls’. We’re ensnared by guilt, as if stopping would somehow be irresponsible. Or we fear losing ground because we took a minute for ourselves.
One of the hardest things in life to achieve is not success, but a sense of balance. So in all your goal-setting and ‘go-getting’, don’t forget your soul. Even God rested (Genesis 2:2). And if He did, then you need to also. The power of rest is that it allows you to enjoy the journey of life and not just the destination.
Indeed, if you don’t learn to walk in the park by choice, you may end up in the hospital by necessity. When God ‘makes you lie down in green pastures’, enjoy them. When He ‘leads you beside the still waters’, it’s to refresh and restore you. So practice soul care!
‘He restores my soul…’ Psalms 23:3 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; & he who has no money, come, buy & eat! Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, & your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, & eat what is good, & delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, & come to me; hear, that your soul may live. Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near!
Christ is the only one who can satisfy you. He has done everything for you! Draw near to him & he will draw near to you! Are you thirsty for him? Come to him & drink of Christ Jesus today! You are laboring for something! There is only one labor that will satisfy your soul! Seek him today & you will be amazed! Never delay!