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Oct
04

The Lord is My Restoration

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“He restores my soul” (Psalm 23:3).

Shepherds claim that one of the challenges with tending sheep is that they can easily become cast, meaning that when a sheep rolls over on its back it is incapable of righting itself and getting back on its feet. The scenario goes something like this. A sheep will lie down in the grass, then roll over on its side to become more comfortable. If a sheep is particularly fat or has a heavy coat of wool, it can gradually turn over on its back with its four spindly legs sticking straight in the air. And then its stuck, completely dependent upon a shepherd to come to its rescue and help it stand up on its feet again.

Like sheep, we can become cast. Usually the culprit is some sin or sin pattern that overwhelms us. Spiritually we become “cast” and find ourselves in desperate need of restoration. Over the years I’ve observed in myself and others some typical responses to sin.

First is denial. “I didn’t do it. It wasn’t me. I did nothing wrong.”
Second is justification. “I did it but had a good reason to do it.”
Third is minimization. “It’s not that big of a deal, why are we making a big deal out of nothing? We all make mistakes.”
Fourth is the plea of ignorance. “I didn’t know that was wrong. Was that wrong? How was I supposed to know?”
Fifth is blame. “I did it and it’s your fault or someone else’s fault. You made me do it.”

Sometimes we’ll even run through the entire list of excuses and responses, all the while waving our spindly legs in the air unable to right ourselves.

The Bible is clear with regards on how to get right side up: “If we confess our sin He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Or as a friend of mine would say, “Admit it and quit it.” It sounds simple, but its the truth. If we admit our sin and own it, God’s grace comes in and flips us right side up so we can move forward again.

Categories : Psalm 23

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