“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
Do you know what’s wrong with so many of us? We’re always trying to get out of trouble rather than get into righteousness. If you don’t go from restoration to righteousness, you’re going to be right back to the same old problem. So many of us simply want to get right, but we don’t get on the track of following God, and that’s the reason we fall back where we were. A person who has been restored ought to follow closer than ever. He who has been forgiven much, ought to love much (see Luke 7:47). We ought to be like that lamb with the broken leg that just nuzzles the shepherd and stays close to the shepherd so that He might lead it and guide it so that it will never go astray again.
When are we going to learn? How many times are we going to slip and fall before we learn to stay close to the Good Shepherd? Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).
To follow the Shepherd, you’ve got to love the Shepherd, observe the Shepherd, and obey the Shepherd. Sheep don’t have good eyesight. You have to stay close to the Shepherd. Only in Him can you be made righteous.
Spend some time thinking about the things that keep you close to the Shepherd and those that distract you from Him.