“I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.”
My mother was a great cook. She was one of those old school cooks who didn’t cook out of the box, but the meals that she cooked for us were fresh and homemade. My mom had the philosophy that you needed meat, starch, and vegetables for every meal. I always loved the meat and starch part of the meal, but I often disliked the vegetables that she prepared. I can remember my mom saying to me, “Son, you need to eat your vegetables, they are good for you. They are going to help you grow up and be healthy.” I can remember thinking, how can something that is supposed to be good for you taste so bad? Now that I am an adult and I look back at what my mother said, I have concluded that she was right. I couldn’t see how the vegetables were good at the time, but once I experienced life, and I look back through the prism of years of health, I can see that those vegetables that I hated were good for me. Those same vegetables that I hated, I have now come to enjoy and like.
The verse above is very similar to my mother’s statement, “It is good for you.” God said that He would seek Israel out and deliver them even though their leaders didn’t lead them properly. God said in the verse above, “I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down…” There are several thoughts from the verse above that you need to consider concerning God’s providence in your life.
First, God never said what He would feed you or where He would cause you to lie down; He just promised that He would feed you and that HE would cause you to lie down. God always takes care of His children. When you wonder how you are going to make it through life, you can be assured that God will take care of you.
Second, God never said that you would like what He feeds you or where He would cause you to lie down. There are going to be times when God feeds you things that you don’t like, but He is keeping His promise to you. There are times when God causes you to lie down in uncomfortable places in life, but He has kept His promise to give you a place to lie down. Just because you don’t like what God is feeding your life doesn’t mean that God isn’t caring for you. Though I didn’t like the broccoli that my mother fed me, she was caring for me by feeding me.
Third, whatever God is feeding you, and wherever God causes you to lie down is good. Verse 14 says, “I will feed them in a good pasture…” In other words, what you don’t like about God’s provision for your life is good. You may not like the place where God has brought your life, but God said that it is “good pasture.” Good is not determined by my life circumstances benefiting me, but good is determined by what God knows is good. Good doesn’t have to benefit you to be good. Sometimes what God deems good is for the good of others. There are other times that what God deems as good is good for Him, but it is good. You may not like what God is feeding your life right now, but it is good for you.
My friend, though God’s determination of good for your life may not seem good to you, you will find that it is good even though it doesn’t benefit you at the moment. One day you will look back and see what God fed you was good. Until then, trust God that He knows what is best for you and that what you are going through is good for you.