Sheep Need a Shepherd

It’s no small coincidence that throughout Scripture, we are compared to sheep.  Like sheep, we have at least 4 basic negative behaviors.  We are:

  • Stubborn – We think we know best and want to go our own way.
  • Afraid – We fear failure, rejection…you name it!
  • Anxious – We worry about the past and the future, always striving to provide for ourselves.
  • Restless – We’re always looking for more, or something else, the grass on the other side of the fence.

Read Psalm 23.  David, the shepherd, writes under the  directioni of God, and gives the solution to each of these flaws.

Verse 1 – “My Shepherd”  God is saying you belong to me.  I have ear-marked you, you are Mine!

Verse 2 – “Lie down”  The Shepherd prepares the way and makes it possible to find peace, so we can finally rest.

Verse 3 –  “Guides Me”  We stray, but God finds us in trouble and lovingly and firmly carries or guides us back home.

Verse 4 – “Through”  Between mountains (the highs of life) are valleys and some are extremely dark, but God takes us through these times.

Verse 5 – “Prepares a Table”  Enemies and attacks are real, but our Shepherd overcomes our enemies. He goes before us and prepares our safe place.

Verse 6 – “Dwell in the house of the Lord”  He is with us now, and He promises we will dwell with Him forever.

These promises are for God’s children, those who have chosen to believe in God the Father and follow His Son, Jesus the Christ.  Imagine Jesus standing before you with arms open wide, saying, “Come to Me and I will give you rest.” Come to Jesus today!  Don’t be a rebellious sheep.  Come to the Good Shepherd.

God loves us and He meets us where we are.

  1.  Though we are stubborn, God leads us.
  2.  Though we are afraid, God is always with us
  3.  Though we are anxious, God meets our deepest need.
  4.  Though we are restless, God gives us peace and contentment.

Stay near the Shepherd!

Jeff Wilson

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