“I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her."
As I was doing my daily reading in my One-Year Chronological Bible (NIV) the other day, this verse widened my eyes and warmed my heart. I felt the Lord saying to my heart, "Sometimes I have to lead you to the still and lonely places so you can hear My gentle voice speaking to you." What a sweet, sweet treasure from my Savior's Word. Oh how tender and gentle is our Shepherd.
When I went to Blue Letter Bible, I was touched again by one of the definitions of "desert" (which is "wilderness" in KJV): PASTURE. The Good Shepherd leads me to the wide-open pasture and tenderly speaks to me. How amazing. Oh, what a precious treasure. I just lost my breath thinking about it again as I am writing this. I think of a pasture as a beautiful, quiet and special place of rest, nourishment and refreshment. He leads me there and speaks tenderly to me. He feeds me. He refreshes me. He washes me. Psalm 23 is a lovely picture of our Shepherd. We are blessed to be His lambs.
I pray this scripture is ministering to your heart as well. May He speak to you personally today as you meet Him in His Word.
"I cared for you in the desert..."Hosea 13:5
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"He tends His flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in His arms
and carries them close to His heart;
He gently leads those that have young."