Facing Fear

In life we all face challenges; we all are required to take decisions, accept changes. We are often thrown out from our comfort zones and the impact of all this would be too hard on us. Sometimes we resist the change, we feel upset, anxious and fearful. New challenges and responsibilities make us look around for help, we ask for help with decisions to the ones whom we feel wise; we may google out for the best options, we may analyze our past experiences; but the wisest of them all is bringing your fearful and anxious mind to the presence of God, who can show you His perfect will for you. Facing your challenges with God on your side…proceeding in the right direction by searching and finding His perfect will for your life; isn’t it wonderful to start your new challenge with God’s word or revelation upon it!

God speaks to Joshua

In Joshua chapter 1, we see Joshua who is a great commander and leader in the old testament times, facing a great challenge all alone, all these days he shadowed Moses and now Moses is dead. Stepping into the shoes of Moses, a man so special, favored by all, a man whom God spoke face to face, made Joshua feel inadequate. He felt he was not quite up to it. Also he knew the challenges ahead, the crossing of Jordan, the first step in entering the promised land, wasn’t easy. 40 years ago he went with Caleb and saw the promised land which was an inhabited land, with strong warriors, giants, forts, strong militaries and they were like grass hoppers in front of them. Now in his distressed situation, Joshua is worried, anxious and afraid. Joshua did not take the steps ahead based on his knowledge or by asking the counsel of the people, but He waited in the presence of God ; God gave Joshua, encouragement and wisdom and revelation and also strengthened him for his purpose. What a great start, God appoints Joshua, and Joshua identifies His purpose when God speaks to Him. The book of Joshua starts with an affirmation, God spoke to Joshua.

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:  “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. ”. Joshua 1:1-2

Arise and cross the Jordan

God speaks to Joshua in verses 1-2, we see God speaking to Joshua, asking him to arise, to get up from the place where they are now, and to move on. The death of Moses, does not stop them from entering the promise God gave to the children of Israel , its God’s will that they should enter  the land, inherit it and find rest. After 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, a group of people who never rested, moving from one camp to the other… God wants to give them rest. Crossing the Jordan signifies the entry in to the promised land, and it’s something that we cannot do on our self…the courage to cross Jordan comes from God, from His word and from His promise that He will be with us. Wandering in the wilderness is not God’s will for a child of God, but to enter Canaan, His promise of spiritual blessings and find rest in Him. We read in Ephesians 1:3,“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” it’s the good will of God that every child of God should have an inheritance of every spiritual blessing.

By asking Joshua to Arise, God is asking him to face his fear. God prepared Joshua for 40 years to build him to face everything on his way. God is not asking Joshua to ignore the fear, or bury it or deny it and pretend to be brave, but asking Him to face it, because God is going to be with him, he is not going alone, but God is alongside Joshua. And so because God is with you and me, we can face our fears. Whatever makes us anxious, whatever makes us step back God is asking us to go ahead and face it, His presence is with you!

When uncertainties come along our way, where do we look for help? where do we lean to find solution? Let every journey, every beginnings big or small, start with the counsel of God. Identify our fears and bring it to the presence of God, He will fill us with the strength to face our fears one by one.

In Christ Jesus,

Smitha Thomas

Joshua The Book of Conquest

The life of a believer after salvation is not a settled life, it is a life that war against flesh, its  a war against our own desires and sinful nature, there are inheritances waiting to be acquired, there are promises yet to be fulfilled and we see a shadow of this spiritual reality in the book of Joshua. But we are promised of an inheritance when we step out in faith, and it’s the faithfulness of God that makes us win this battle, its his strength and power, not our own tactics  or  experience or good works that empower us to face our everyday battles…but His grace. As Paul says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6. While we are weak on our own, Gods mighty weapons are available to us help us fight our battles and give us a  victorious life in Christ.  I am inspired to study the book of Joshua, a practical study that benefits our spiritual life and I hope its  a blessing.

The author of the book of Joshua is Joshua, the son of Nun, and this book which consists of 24 chapters could be divided based on the incidents recorded in the book into three major categories, which itself says what this book is about;

1) Entering the promised land : Joshua 1:1-5:12.

2)Conquering the promised land : Joshua 5:13-12:24

3) Dividing the promised land : Joshua 13:1-24:33

After Moses God brings up a strong leader to lead the people into their promised inheritance- Joshua. Moses led the people out of the bondage of Egypt, but Joshua led them to walk into the promise of God. When we  study the scripture we could trace back this promise to Abraham, the original promise holder. The land of Canaan was Gods promise to Abraham, “Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God”. Genesis 17:8. Though Abraham, received this promise, more than 300 years later, In the book of Joshua, we see this promise of God that He will give the land of Canaan as an inheritance to his children, becomes fulfilled in the book of Joshua…

When the book of Joshua opens we see the children of Israel, camped along the border of Jordan, in the land of Shittim, few miles from the promised land, their last camp. Their leader for 40 years, Moses is dead and now they completed the mourning period for Moses. After the death of Moses, God appoints Joshua to lead the people into their promised land. Was Joshua prepared for this huge responsibility? Lets quickly glance through the life of Joshua,

  • The original name of Joshua was Hoshea, which means “salvation” or “he saves.”  But Moses renamed him Joshua, which means “The Lord saves.”
  •  Joshua was Moses assistant although these years.
  • Among all those who started the journey as slaves from Egypt, Joshua was one among the two who entered the promised land.
  •  Joshua went with Moses everywhere he went.
    • We read in Exodus that when Moses went to the mountain to meet God, to receive the stone tablets, he took Joshua with him “So Moses arose with Joshua his servant, and Moses went up to the mountain of God”. Exodus 24:13.
    • In the tent of meetings Joshua was with Moses, “Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent”. Exodus 33:11
  • He was a warrior, he led the men against Amalekites at Reheedim, and there he experienced God battling for them, while Moses held up his hands, Israel was leading and when his hand was let down, Amalek dominated; showing the people of Israel it was not their strength or tactics, that gave them the victory, but  because God was on their side.
  • Joshua was one among the 2 spies who bough an encouraging report among the 12 spies, send to see the promised land for the first time.

Under the shadow of Moses, the great leader, Joshua was trained, ready to take the responsibility to lead a nation into Gods promise. He was an eye witness to Gods miraculous work by which they were redeemed from the land of Egypt, He saw Gods presence, He saw the rebellious people, He saw Gods anger upon the people, He knew the Holiness of God. Though God prepared Him in advance, the huge responsibility of leading more than 2 million people into a new land was frightening to Him. But the comforting knowledge, that Gods presence will be with Him to carry out this great mission, was Joshua’s  strength to face the challenges ahead.

Are you standing at the verge of a blessing God promised you, yet do you find there are many things that hinder you from going ahead and conquer, the inheritance God have set aside for you? Before we face a trial or challenge God will prepare us to go ahead and face it. Joshua was trained and well prepared for a long time, but all that time, he had to follow what Moses told him to, but now at the threshold of the blessing Joshua, is standing alone with a group of people, discouraged to go any further…He finds hope and gets encouraged when God speaks to Him. The book of Joshua, is about entering the promised land and inheriting it, there are lessons to be learned about battles, there are lessons of obedience, there are lessons of abounding grace… The training Joshua received made him clearly hear the voice of God and obey it no matter what…

As we study this book, I pray it be helpful in recommitting our lives for a meaningful and obedient relationship with Jesus, our salvation and strength.

God Bless!

Smitha Thomas

Experience the Warmth of Jesus

But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”They answered Him, “No.”And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish”.

Another year left us leaving a trail of memories and now we are here face to face with another year, just like a bank slate ready to be filled in… I wish and pray that this year be an amazing year closely holding the hands of Jesus every day and moment. Let Him be our guide and shepherd, our strength and refuge, our sustainer and redeemer each day.

The above portion from John 21, could be  familiar to many of us, here Jesus appears to his disciples after the resurrection, while they were fishing. The thought that came to my mind as I read this portion is, we all had times when we were led by our thoughts and understanding, estimating the outcome of our efforts. Here we we see Peter and the others disciples after having a troubled, hard night of labor, they are empty… With no results, no proof that they did a hard labor… All they could show was an empty boat and empty nets. They were experienced fisherman, but did not gain any benefit that night with their experience or effort… When Jesus asks them do you have a catch, the answer was “no”. But now we see Jesus saying to them, cast the net on the right side and you will find some. And they obeyed his words and the catch was an abundance of fish. Something they might not have seen before with their own personal experience or efforts. Are you starting this year with a struggled, tired attire in your personality. All that you tried out in the past were just tied onto with the word- emptiness… Jesus wants to fill your boat, with an abundance…a fresh experience with him. If all this time we were leaning on our understanding, he wants us to listen to His voice.

When they reached the shore with their catch, Jesus was waiting for them, they saw a burning fire with coal and some fish on it. How beautiful it is when someone warmly welcomes us home after a long rough day… A warm invitation, the gentle care for our tired souls, surely shows his concern towards us. After a great catch Jesus asks them to hand over, some fish from their fresh catch…This year Jesus wants to take us to some fresh experiences with him… Something that we would cherish for the rest of our days. Walk close with Him, Listen keenly to him, put aside our thoughts and understanding and past experiences…it is going to be an exciting journey following Christ in each step of our life.
Dear reader, It is not going to be a boring, tiresome spiritual walk for us this year but an year full of fresh, warm experiences in Christ!
God bless you!
Smitha Thomas.

A Heart Willing to Obey God

Human life is a journey, a journey between birth and death; and in each stage we add values, we search and find meaning in life, we gain experience, we gain new perspectives, we become intrigued by  life and till the last breath, we keep on resetting our priorities and attitudes.  In 1 Kings we see the life of King Solomon, a promising start, a king chosen by God, to replace the throne of his father David, a man chosen by God to build the temple of God and we see he goes to become the wisest man ever to live on the face of the earth. He wrote many books, people from far off  places came to hear the words of wisdom  and see the splendor of his kingdom. Early in his life, he understood the need of wisdom to successfully lead the people of Israel. We might quickly come to conclusion, how amazing is his life as a blessed man chosen by God; But when we come to the last chapters of his life… we see a very pathetic, downgraded life to this mighty King. His  heart slipped away from God, in disobedience and idol worship! Prophet Nehemiah, concludes it as in Nehemiah 13:26,  “Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations there was no king like him, who was beloved of his God; and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless pagan women caused even him to sin”.
Where did Solomon go wrong? The man whom God entrusted to build a temple for him to dwell, went after pagan gods, at the end of his life time. His heart did not go away from God in a day or two, it was a gradual change, when he disregarded the word of God and  belittled its value, he started moving away from the plan God had for him. In 1 kings11:1-3, we see King Solomon married foreign women, even after he had clear instructions on that from God. Solomon asked wisdom to lead a nation, but he forgot to apply that in his life. He ignored Gods words for his life.”But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites— from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love”.I king 11:1-2
Whether it was political reasons or wise tactics , to stabilize his kingdom, by marrying these foreign women, he clearly disobeyed Gods words and blemished the entire kingdom by bringing pagan worship to the children of God. Solomon was unable to stand against the pressures put on by his wives to be involved in pagan worship and cultural practices. We read in 1 kings 11:9, “So the Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice,  and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not keep what the Lord had commanded.” Seeing the blessings in our life, people around us may be praising us for our personal achievements, but how is our walk with Jesus? Are we able to follow everything God commands in our life?
man look at the outward things but God looks into our heart and searches for  a heart that is willing to obey Him.
It is  necessary to know God’s commands and understand it, but if we are unable to apply it in our daily life- it becomes meaningless… When God talks to us to bring change to a character of ours or to get rid of  a secret sin that we cannot say good-bye to, and we ignore it and move forward ignoring God’s guidance; understand that slowly we are deviating against God’s plan for our life.. His presence is departing from us… Do not wait until you are too far from His presence… Solomon’s spiritual coldness was not something that started in a brief moment, but from a small deviation from obeying Gods word. Often times it is not the sins that we do not know, but the sins we excuse that take us far from the presence of God. Be willing to obey everything that  God asks you… Even if it is something really challenging… Ask God for help…the Holy Spirit will help us to overcome our weakness!
Solomon had all the foundations for a successful life, calling, God’s promises, wisdom from God, guidance, yet he could not follow through as he did not abide in the wisdom and guidance God provided him. Today…let us look onto our life and see us freshly in the perspective of God’s word. Is there any disobedience in our life that will take us away from His presence… Take decisions to obey God and stay with Him, for the rest of our lives.
All through our life let it be our decision to obey God, let Him be our joy, hope and inheritance.
God bless!
Smitha Thomas

God Fulfills His Promises

Psalm 105: 18-20

“They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character.  Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door” Psalm 105: 18-20

A young boy born in a shepherd family, who loved to dream, was raised to the position of a ruler in Egypt, second in position to Pharaoh would be  a short synopsis for Joseph. Though this statement looks exciting, considering the growth in the life of Joseph, his growth was not an overnight turn around. His background, his dreams and the circumstances he faced were all contrary to each other. A short overview of Joseph’s life that spans around four different scenarios, help us to understand the hard way Joseph went through before His dreams were fulfilled.

The life as Jacob’s favorite son: Joseph was his Dad’s favorite son. The love of his father created bitterness in his brothers. They looked upon Joseph with anger. Imagine a  childhood where all ten of his brothers never said any good words to Joseph… in today’s terms we could say… Joseph was a victim of constant home bullying. But we see he was still favored by his father, and also favored by God to be  a channel of blessing for the whole family. Gods favor was upon Joseph right from the time he was in his father’s house. At his father’s house he saw dreams, that revealed Gods purpose on Josephs life and I understand from the scripture at an young age, Joseph took the dreams that God gave him with importance, he cherished and valued them, he had great faith that made him believe, the dreams that God showed him will be fulfilled.

The life as slave starting from a pit: The boy who dreamed and believed in his dreams is now seen in a pit, an evil plot by his brothers, so that the dreamer will never see his dreams again. And from there starts his distress filled life, the life of a slave. A slave does not have any right to dream, he is just asked to obey his master. We might feel Joseph gave up his dreams and started to slowly accept his life as a slave. But when we see him as a slave in the house of Potiphar, he is not a depressed, bitter, dream crushed slave… we see the Lord was with Joseph and he was a person successful in everything he did. Joseph carried God everywhere he went. “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man.” Genesis 39:2. Joseph found favor in the sight of his master and he became the in charge of his household. Also when temptations came his way, he stood with integrity, proving his commitment to the word of God. In Potiphar’s house we see Joseph did not chose to give up his dreams, there would have been a great deal of war within, that made him think whether his dreams were just a dream or God given purpose for his life. We do not know whether he was strengthened by his dreams or was depressed, but he stood for his God and exceled in every job given to him.

The life in the prison: Joseph was sent to prison because he chose to stay for the truth. His test at Potiphar’s house send him right into the next part God planned for him… his waiting phase…the jail. While in the prison we see, the Lord was with Joseph and the jailer showed him favor. There also we see whatever Joseph did , the Lord made it prosper. We see he was compassionate to his fellow jailers and also under the counsel of God, Joseph explained the dreams of the King’s cupbearer and baker. Although the people whom he expected to show mercy in return failed him, God opened the gates of the jail for Joseph, when the Pharaoh’s dream perplexed the palace.

The life as a ruler:  When he explained the Pharaoh’s dreams, he became a man with God’s favor and the King’s favor. A man filled with wisdom and counsel from above. He was positioned in Egypt in advance By God, for a special purpose, to save his entire household from the grave famine. Joseph was a channel of God’s blessing to the family of Jacob. A true example of forgiveness when God gave him the authority over his brothers, he chose to forgive…because he understood Gods plan for his purpose well! He knew God positioned him in Egypt for the blessing of his entire household.

Each trial that Joseph faced was a test for him. “Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him” Psalm 105:19 . Until the day his dreams became fulfilled, it burdened Joseph, he waited for it. During each trial we see he grew in character and wisdom. He chose to believe in God’s promises even though he did not see anything favorable in his sight. But Joseph had a steady relationship with God although his life, which made God’s favor rest upon him.

The story of Joseph always strengthens us and reminds us of God’s faithfulness. His promises remain true, it will come to pass. Though there are delays, though there are hindrances, though the pathways we need to travel  are much different than what we expect…God will take us to His promises in His time, according to His perfect plan. Are you facing a situation much different than what you have expected in your life? Are you in the pit of darkness, thinking nothing good can come out of this…  Listen to what God has to tell us through the life of joseph… The strong relationship with God can help us stay strong and with integrity and peace as we pass through situations we never imagined of in our life. Stay with Jesus wherever you are. Do not grow bitter in your situation, lean on Him and He will enlarge you in  character and wisdom and grace. Stay with the truth in the word of God. Stay prayerfully! Stay believing in God’s promises for you… He is going to take you to that next step that you have been waiting for long! Our God does not forget us.

“Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you”. Isaiah 49:15.

God Bless!

Smitha Thomas.

The Pillar of Cloud and Fire

“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” Exodus 13:21,22.

The above verse consoled and strengthened me through the past few days and so I thought of sharing my thoughts on the same. Jesus offers us peace in seasons where we could not find any glimpse of hope; He offers security when our heart is gripped with fear; He offers us his companionship  during the dark forlorn days when we are weak and vulnerable. The book of Exodus records the deliverance of Israel from the land of Pharaoh, changing their status from slaves and preparing them to be citizens of the nation God promised them…a land they haven’t seen. In the journey through the wilderness God did not let His people wander and go astray or feel doubtful about this journey they have set forth… A journey from a place where they were well accommodated even though they were slaves there, to an unknown land, through paths they have never stepped before… God knew their fearful hearts and wanted to reassure them by His visible presence. And so ahead of them went a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, which never departed them during their wilderness journey. It was the visible presence of God that was with them day and night, unceasing….constantly reminding them of His love, guidance and protection. How amazing is it…the constant presence of God!

Imagine, the depth of love and concern of God for His people… He stepped right ahead of them even before they put their first step into the wilderness so that their hearts will be glad to see God is with them in their walk through the unknown lands and to remind them it’s on His word that they started their journey. During the day they walked under the shadow of the pillar of cloud and were given protection from the heat of the day. His presence guided their way throughout the journey as they moved in the direction the cloud moved. They stopped when the cloud stopped and camped to get rest, without growing tired in the journey. In the night the pillar of fire made them rest without the fear of enemy, by giving them light. To add to them all we could see, His presence never left them while they were in the wilderness. When the Pharaohs  army chased the Israelites at the red see we see that the pillar of cloud moved behind to make a separation from the enemy, to bring darkness to the enemy, so that they could not set their eyes on His people anymore. The pillar became a wall that made it impossible for His people to see the army of pharaoh chasing them, so that they took their steps without haste. The book of Nehemiah says “the pillar of the cloud departed not from them,” so long as they were in the wilderness.

In the situation that troubles your heart, in the painful and agonizing needs of your life, the wilderness journey through unknown lands…could you see the presence of God going ahead of you. Child of God, He is ahead of you to show you the way; Jesus wants to remind you His presence is with you day and night. Christ is the pillar that we could look onto, and find rest, security and peace. He is our refuge, our source of encouragement to gain courage to face tomorrow. His love and care for us is so magnificent!

The pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire never left its place in front of the people… Just as the pillar of cloud and fire was with the children of Israel, Jesus promised us He will never leave us or depart us, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”, Matthew 28:20. The unceasing presence of Jesus is our reassurance to take each step in the wilderness we go through. Even when we doubt, even when our faith level is low, even when we are not patient anymore, He will never leave us in the wilderness or his love for us never ceases. He is right there ahead of you, to clear up ways, to guide you and protect you. Jesus will take you securely and set your foot on the land he promised to acquire the promises he have kept solely for you.
Find rest under the shadow of Christ!
In Him,
Smitha Thomas.

Lord My Shepherd

Psalm 23 is an evergreen psalm, irrespective of how many times we have read it, or on what season we are in, it gives comfort and rest to the soul of a child of God. This psalm written by David, who himself was a shepherd before he was a King, brings our focus to God as a shepherd. The interaction with the sheep and all the possible dangers he faced while flocking his herd, made David understand the heart of a good shepherd. A shepherd has absolute responsibility over the sheep. He is responsible for finding them green pastures, still waters and also for the discipline and security of his sheep.

Before we get into the passage let’s see why a sheep needs a good shepherd. The sheep is described as a timid and defenseless creature, they go astray easily and find it hard to get back to the sheep pen even if it’s within sight. They are mostly unaware of danger, or poorly perceive a steep cliff and may fall of easily, they drown fast as their wool gets soaked up easily. This shows us the complete dependence of a sheep on its shepherd for its wellbeing. If the sheep is not under the care of a good shepherd, who is their constant companion, their life will be in danger, they may get lost, they might get drowned or fall from a cliff or become the meal of a wild beast. The tender love of the shepherd, who perceives the danger ahead and leads them in the right direction for rest and their need is an absolute necessity for a sheep, without which they perish. 


Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

The characteristics of the good shepherd is his dedication towards the sheep; whatever may come the good shepherd won’t leave his sheep alone. Here David acknowledges God as his shepherd, his constant companion- someone who is watching over every aspect of his life, and deeply concerned about him. When we have personal relationship with God and is willingly under the guidance of this shepherd, He is there by your side to satisfy with the desires of your heart. Here the desires of the heart do not limit to material realm but also to spiritual needs and assurances.


Psalm 23:2, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters”.

The green pastures and still waters gives us the perfect picture of peace and inner contentment. When we closely follow the good shepherd, know his character, and experience his goodness; no matter how desperate our situations are, we could still experience the warmth of his love and protection. Under the leading of God our soul could find tranquility…He is the ultimate source of peace and security. The good shepherd assures the contentment of the sheep, He knows what is right for us. He guides each step of mine, which gives me inner peace and gives me the strength to go on.


Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake”.

The good shepherd always find the stray sheep and find them and bring them back to the sheep pen, knowing their nature he have patience over their lives. Our God is a God of second chances, He will give us opportunities to repent and return to His love. Only when we are obedient to His words… we could reach the rest and peace He offers. His guidance will always leads to paths of truth, righteousness and everlasting life.  


Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”.

This verse shows God’s presence and constant companionship in our life. The fear of death is a frightening situation, it’s a desolate place where no one can follow us… but the good shepherd can walk us through the valley of death… His presence and His love and the security of eternal life can give hope and peace to a child of God ,even while in the shadow of death. YOU ARE WITH ME, that is the confidence of a believer, during our valley experiences.


Psalm 23:4 “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”.

 Being a sheep under the hands of the good shepherd gives the sheep great security that helps them to rest and live peacefully. The rod is used to bring back the sheep from going astray and also to protect them from wild animals, it shows discipleship and for the safety of the sheep from perishing. Whereas the staff draws a sheep close to the shepherd, when they are in danger. God our shepherd, watches over us with his staff and rod, so that we do not perish. Under His guidance we find protection and comfort.



Psalm 23:5, 6 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever”.

The psalm ends with a set table or a banquet with God being the host, but that does not eliminate the problems, his enemies are all around him. But with the security of God’s presence, David is enjoying the goodness and the bountiful provisions of God. And there “you will anoint my head with oil’. David was anointed to be the King of Israel, but for us were invited to be in a covenant relationship to enjoy the riches of God, provided through His son. A banquet for our dry and empty souls. We are anointed by the holy spirit, to enjoy the fullness of life, freely given to us at the cross and a promise to find comfort all the time: to enjoy the unbroken fellowship with God in this life and through all eternity.

In the new testament, Jesus is the good shepherd, who laid His life for us, so that we may have life  in abundance. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.  As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” Jesus symbolizes the good shepherd who is there to provide, nourish and satisfy His sheep. Beyond all there is a deeper personal relationship mentioned here, where the sheep and the shepherd knows each other. Every cry of the sheep is vigilantly cared by this good shepherd. The ultimate protection and provision for us was provided by Christ, when He laid his life for us. The life He gave for us is richer and fuller with grace. It is overflowing with forgiveness, love, and above all eternal life.

If you are striving hard in your life, feeling insecure and weary, come to this good shepherd and find rest under His hands. He guarantees the protection of His sheep. He guarantees their rest and also leads them to the pastures, each day. He could satisfy every need of my life.

(Isaiah 40:11) He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

God Bless,

Smitha Thomas,