Hope in the Shepherd
by Grace Fox
On the wall above my writing desk hangs a plaque with familiar text from Psalm 23. It begins, “The Lord is my Shepherd. I lack nothing.” These words offer an infinite measure of hope each time I read them, and they apply to every aspect of my life.
For example, sometimes the weight of an unknown future burdens me. Specifically, what if ongoing restrictions separate me from my kids and grandchildren for an indefinite time? I shoot an arrow prayer heavenward: “Father, You promise to give me everything I need. Today I need peace.” He reminds me that He is sovereign. He’s got this; I can trust Him. Calm replaces the chaos that threatens to hijack my heart.
My mother recently passed away. Some days I deeply miss her presence and the ability to give her a call to share the latest news. “I need comfort,” I pray, and my Shepherd rushes to my rescue. He responds with reassurances that Mom and I will someday be together again.
A difficult family relationship leaves me baffled. “Give me wisdom, please,” I pray. The Shepherd reaches into His supply and gives me insights to deal appropriately with the current challenge.
“The Lord is my Shepherd. I lack nothing.” Eight simple but profound words remind us that our source of hope lies in a Person. He knows and loves us, and He will see to it that our needs are met.
Grace Fox is a career missionary, an international speaker, and the author of ten books including Finding Hope in Crisis: Devotions for Calm in Chaos (Rose Publishing). She is also a Guideposts author and member of the “First 5” writing team (P31 Ministries). You can visit her at her website www.gracefox.com, on Facebook www.fb.com/gracefox.author or on YouTube https://tinyurl.com/ybhtxqes.