Explore the Bible Lesson for June 18: The Shepherd
May 31 2017 by Emily Carter, member, University Hills Baptist Church, Charlotte

Focal Passage: Psalm 23:1-6
 
For the past three years I have been battling cancer.
 
When I first began the journey I naively thought that God would heal me, and we would be done with cancer.
 
Just before my six-month follow up, the doctor noticed new spots, which led to more radiation.
 
Then a few months later more spots on the other side – more chemotherapy and another surgery.
 
Then the original trouble was back and, for almost a year now, we have been trying various medicines to halt this disease and prolong my life.
 
An even healthier diet was put in place. But God in His mercy continues to use this cancer in ways I never thought possible. I’ve learned so much about Him. It is through the hard times that I am able to see God most clearly.
 
In Psalm 23 we see some wonderful aspects of God’s character. The first three verses show us that God provides. He provides for my needs, gives me rest, gives me peace, restores my soul and shows me the way to righteousness. (Psalm 23:1-3)
 
What more could you or I need?
 
He not only provides, but He guards me. Stage four cancer may take my body one day, but it cannot take my soul. It is sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).
 
Eventually everyone faces the valley of the shadow of death.
 
But do not fear. Fix your eyes on Jesus and watch the light shine brighter and the shadows
fade away.
 
Your Father will protect you and bring you comfort.
 
Finally, God hosts us. He invites us into His house forever. He prepares the table, He anoints our heads and He overflows our cups.
 
Remember from John 14:2 that Jesus goes to prepare a place for us as well.

Oh, the things that God has for us when we are together with Him!
 

5/31/2017 7:29:20 AM by Emily Carter, member, University Hills Baptist Church, Charlotte | with 0 comments




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