It is good and right for God’s children to always recognize that they are in God’s tender care. We certainly do go through all sorts of trials and times when we’re afraid, or just plain weary. But, as we keep on trusting the LORD, He is always caring for us and leading us through this life.
When Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, was about to die and was blessing his children and grandchildren, he referred to God in Genesis 48:15 as,
The God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day.
When a person reads about Jacob’s life in the book of Genesis, it’s obvious that God was always tenderly caring for him and leading him. It was right and good that Jacob openly confessed this and glorified God, instead of his own strength.
King David was another man of faith, who acknowledged the LORD as his shepherd. David wrote the famous Psalm 23, saying,
The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil; for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Psalm 23 poetically glorifies God’s loving care in all sorts of situations throughout our lives. These words were true for David and are true for every single person who looks to the LORD for guidance, protection, and care. To reassure every single one of us of His eternal care, Jesus told His followers in John 10:14-16,
I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they shall hear My voice; and they shall become one flock with one shepherd.
Jesus is our Lord, our good shepherd. Jesus’ “other sheep, which are not of this fold,” refers to Christians from every nation. Let us study God’s word and all that has happened in our lives to gently bring us to a true faith in Christ Jesus. There we see through years of history God’s desire to bring all of us to eternal salvation, as we look to Him as our “good shepherd”.
We don’t run away from our “shepherd”. Rather, we continually look to Him for our well being.
As we let Him restore our souls, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord Jesus, thank You for being our good shepherd.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
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Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.