Can you say the Lord is your shepherd?
Have you given yourself completely to Him?
Sometimes our view of God is so small that we don’t have the confidence that He can actually take care of us. So, we become unwilling to give Him authority over our lives.
But, I assure you that He CAN, and WILL
take care of you if you allow Him.
Sheep don’t take care of themselves. Of all the other livestock, they require more care than any other—endless attention and meticulous care. It’s no accident that God chose to call us sheep. Humans and sheep are similar and here are a few ways in which they are:
- Our fears and timidity
- Our stubbornness and stupidity
- Our pervese habits
- Our mob instincts
Jesus Himself calls us His sheep and He said:
- “I am the door of the sheep,” (John 10:7).
- “The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep,” (John 10:11).
- “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me,” (John 10:27).
Why should we recognize Christ’s ownership of us and allow Him to lead, guide, and direct us?
- Because He made us (Jer. 1:5). He knows us better than we know ourselves.
- He loves us so much that He died for us (John 10:11). What love!
- He continues to intercede for us and He is at this very moment preparing a place for us. (Romans 8:34 and John 14:3).
Another thing, a good shepherd cares for his flock. There’s no greater reward than for him to see that his sheep are content, well fed, safe and flourishing under his care. He gives eveything to his sheep.
Jesus is the same. He knows us and knows what we need and don’t need. He’s our good shepherd and if we let Him be our manager and have authority over our lives, we shall not want. Even when we think we need something or feel we are lacking He, in His sovereignty, is doing a work in our lives and is doing what’s best for us.
I hope you can join me and say,
“The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want!”
Scripture from the English Standard Version (ESV) pictures courtesy of pixabay.com