Good morning, Reader! What are you thankful for today? I’m so thankful for the roof over my head and a warm home! So many are homeless and destitute – we need to remember how blessed we are, amen? Don’t take any of your blessings for granted as you can quickly lose those blessings. My personality is such that I usually have a positive attitude – the “cup’s half full” type. But there are times when circumstances overwhelm me and I have to turn to my Shepherd for direction and comfort. It’s a very appropriate title for the Lord Jesus! Is He your Shepherd? Have you ever studied the role of a shepherd?
Today’s prophecy depicts our Lord as a Shepherd. A former pastor, who has now gone home to be with the Lord, grew up in Oregon helping his father to raise sheep on his farm. He gave such great insight on what his shepherd’s duties were and so many of his duties are reflected in Psalms 23:1-6. First off, he would lead the sheep to a fairly level pasture to graze. There were other pastures he could use. However, those pastures had holes or divots in the ground and the sheep could possibly break a leg. Secondly, the pasture had to have a source of water where the current wasn’t swift and it also had to be fairly shallow. Why? If the water source was deep and had a strong current, the sheep could slip and fall into the water. The wool would then become saturated with water, heavy and the sheep would not be able to stand and would eventually drown. Another beautiful depiction of that shepherd is that he would sleep in the pasture with his sheep to protect them against predators. The shepherd would literally put his own life at stake in order for the sheep to survive a predator’s attack.
Jesus, our Shepherd, is not only Good, as depicted in the above verse, but He gave His life for His sheep. Each born-again believer is considered part of the Good Shepherd’s flock. To piggy back with the description of the shepherd’s job at the beginning of this post, Jesus also provides us with living water (John 14:10) and He leaves His sheep with peace (John 14:27). Our spiritual body will never thirst because Jesus provides that living water which gives us eternal life. His salvation will never cause us to thirst after what the world has to offer. His peace has been given to us so we will never have to worry about where we will spend eternity! It’s a shame that Israel has not experienced this yet. They could be enjoying fellowship with their Messiah but instead are blinded by the god of this world to believe that He has yet to come. They will miss the glorious Rapture when the saints are called up to meet our Messiah in the clouds!
Do you know Him personally or do you only know of Him? I want to be sure that anyone who reads the posts on this blog can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are going to Heaven. Have you received Christ as your Saviour? If no, your sins are not covered by His sacrificial offering of Himself. You have not been redeemed by His blood. It is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved if you are not already. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!