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April 20


“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.” —Psalm 23:2

Read Psalm 23

It’s likely you’ve driven past some cattle grazing contentedly in a field. And what more peaceful scenery is there than a flock of sheep grazing in a meadow? You may even feel like pulling over and stopping the car for a while to let the quiet and peace sink in. In a similar way, a week of vacation can give us much needed rest. During that time, we may hear an unforgettable message in church. Why is the message so full of impact during our holiday? Possibly it’s because in a week of holidays, our thoughts are not engaged with our daily routine and business. When you rest, you are revived. This is also what our text means.

The Good Shepherd sometimes allows His sheep to graze to their hearts’ content before moving on. Have you come to know this Shepherd? Do you know what it is to rest in God? The church father Augustine once said that the heart of man will never find rest until it rests in the Lord. This is so true – you can only truly rest when you are drawn near to God. The green pastures of His Word are so nourishing that you will never be hungry again.

Have you ever sat down with God’s Word to be taught by it? It will give you food that will enable you to go on in life. How good it is to be alone with the Lord!

What causes stress and anxiety in your life?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact:


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