EVERGREEN PASTURES

The history of the life of David is a record of the troublesome times in which he lived and challenges he had to overcome. Despite his being given the daughter of King Saul as wife – Michal, following his elimination of Goliath, (1 Sam 17), David had to flee more than once for his life. It was on such an occasion that as David sat alone in the Cave of Adullam (1 Sam. 22), he expressed his anxiety. He said in Psalm 142. 4, “No one cares for my soul.” He was not aware that at that time, God was already assembling an army to rescue him. As a former shepherd, David knew the impact of loneliness in times of turmoil.

David had experienced that it is in the darkest times of adversity that the power and love of God shines at its brightest. Peter would state later, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (1 Pet. 5. 7). As a shepherd David knew that sheep are bewildered in times of trouble, and are restless with animal anxiety. They multiply more while grazing beside the still waters that restore the soul. He could therefor say the Lord leads his people into green pastures (Psa. 23), even if He has to make them lie down.

As we sing in so many of our hymns, “Troublesome times are here, filling men’s hearts with fear, freedom we all hold dear, now is at stake.” God leads young people while worldly pressures threaten slavery to evil addictions. “How shall the young secure their lives”- in a worldwide insecure culture of lack of discipline and self-respect? With Godly wisdom the psalmist put it simply, “By taking heed according to Your word” (Psa. 119. 9). The devil promises “freedom,” that so easily ensnares youths, often leaving character scars behind. God offers green pastures for assurance and confident decisions at the Y-junctions of life.

Family life and marriage that satisfies are being threatened. Under the guise of equality stability and positive resolution of problems in the home lie unresolved. People now speak of gender equality and “same sex” cohabitation as an option. Consider how many lives are wrecked beyond redemption by failing to remain in God’s green pastures of righteousness. Religion has become impotent in our culture of ignorance and application of God’s ways.

Even politicians, economists, and educators who really care are beginning to realize and acknowledge that our future stability and quality of life is assured only by doing what is right. This serves to endorse in practice that “the truth will make you free.” Christians have no reason to fear whatever lies ahead, for they seek and live within evergreen pastures!

In Christian love,
Andy Jooste