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Because They Know His Voice

March 9, 2018

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Because They Know His Voice

Flocks of sheep  that have a shepherd with them  all the time  come to trust their shepherd’s presence  and voice.    This can be seen today,  even in the United States,  where Basque shepherds tend  to their flocks.    These shepherding experts know  every sheep  in their flock  and tend to their sheep constantly,  with the aid  of their herding dogs.

There is a bond  of trust  between the sheep,  herding dogs,  and shepherd.     That is the same bond  of trust  that Jesus was talking about  when He pictured Himself  to His followers  as the Good Shepherd.     In referring His being  our Good Shepherd,  Jesus says  in John 10:4,

When he puts forth  all his own,  he goes before them,  and the sheep follow him  because they know  his voice.

So then,  the questions become,  “Is Jesus  our Good Shepherd?     Do we really know  His voice?     Do we follow Him  because we trust Him?”

Sheep become easily disoriented  and fearful  when something strange looms  on the horizon.     In the same way,  people become disoriented  and fearful  when the world arrogantly presents temptations  to them  and dares them  to “just do it”.     They are fearful  of not being “politically correct”  —  fearful of being harmed  if they don’t take part  in a sin  that their “friends” are fooling around with  —  fearful of not having a friend  if they live  according to God’s word  —  fearful of not having their needs met  by God  —  and this list could go on.

Just what are we afraid of?     Do we have the sensibility  to run  to our Good Shepherd  for protection  from all the harm  that can happen   in this world?

Do we trust Jesus  to take care  of our needs?      If we don’t trust Jesus,  just who do we trust?     Ourselves?     Really?

Jesus wants us  to know  and trust Him  to lead us  on the road  to heaven.     We simply will never get there  if we don’t follow  our Good Shepherd.     We need  to take the leap  of faith  and do what is right,  by trusting Jesus  to care for us  as we stay close  to Him  in love and obedience.

When we do take that leap  of faith  by trusting Jesus,  we will find the peace  and rest  we have longed for  for so long.    Then we will be able  to say,  “Hallelujah!     My Good Shepherd,  thank You  for saving me  and taking care  of me.     Now I can live  for You  in peace.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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.
Philippians 3:12

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