“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life.” (John 10:27-29 KJV)
The Christian walk can be a difficult one. We, naturally (that is to say, the “natural” man in us) want to do our own thing.
But, the new Spirit man in us is called to follow Jesus, as sheep are to follow their shepherd. The shepherd is there to direct and to protect his sheep, even to the point of putting his life on the line to save them. That’s exactly what The Good Shepherd, Jesus, did for us.
It is interesting and astounding that the Bible likens us to sheep. They are said to be such simple-minded (dumb) creatures as to become lost, and begin crying out (bleating) frantically and pathetically, if they should wander around the corner of a barn.
However, our Good Shepherd faithfully watches over us, night and day. The Bible tells us that we are kept “under the shadow of his wings. We are tenderly cared for by our Shepherd, as this next picture portrays—covered within the folds of His garment.
But, we are stubborn little sheep, and often wander off the “straight and narrow” path that is laid out for us, necessitating that He rescue us, sometimes repeatedly.
I’ve been told that sheep will wait in line, clueless and silent, to be sheared or slaughtered. Their ignorance leaves them unaware of any threat or danger, until it is too late.
How much better for the defenseless sheep to be carried along, safely in the loving care of the shepherd who loves them.
The only way for the individual sheep to safely navigate the sometimes-treacherous journey to the mountainous heights of their pastures, is to trustingly follow their faithful Shepherd, Who will also lead them home.
And the gift our Good Shepherd, Jesus, gives to His sheep, is an abundance of peace—and eternal life!
Author’s note: Years ago, after the birth of my first child, I began suffering from post-parturition depression. After several sleepless days and night, the Lord brought The 23rd Psalm to my mind, and I found great peace and comfort, when He gave me the following realization, as it applied to my precious little baby daughter.
The following Scripture is often recited at funerals, yet is, in fact, about life!
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
(Psalms 23:1-6 KJV)