There are times in our lives when we need God’s leading and direction. There are times of waiting and preparation where The Lord’s direction and comfort is needed. It is during these times that we can turn to God and be reminded that He is our Shepherd.
The word sheep is mentioned 189 times in the bible; some of those times are actually referring to the sheep animal, but many of those times, sheep is referring to Christians and believers: anyone that believes and follow Christ.
Here are some of the instances SHEEP is used:
Matthew 9:36 says, When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Psalm 100:3 says, Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Jeremiah 50:6 says, My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold.
If you were to observe a flock of sheep, you will notice that sheep always dwell in groups. They want to stay close to each other. They form a unit and pack, because the advantages of the pack outweigh the disadvantages. In large groups, sheep defend themselves from wolves and other predators. The flocking of sheep provides a safe haven for an animal that is preyed by other animals. It is in this haven sheep thrive, can eat and continue moving.
Like sheep, all believers and saints are commanded to love, take care of and stick together. We do not face obstacles and hardships alone, but bear each other’s burdens.
Studies show that sheep so like to be in groups that they require at least 4 to 5 other sheep present in order for them to EAT. Sheep not only possess a strong instinct to be in packs, but they also are instinctual in following a leader. A shepherd.
The Shepherd leads sheep.
Psalm 23 says,
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters.
God our shepherd leads us into places that are flourishing with food, peace, abundance and safety.
God our shepherd leads us into places to be refreshed not with physical water, but with the living water he referred to in John 4:10, when Jesus spoke to the woman at the well. This is a water that is lasting, eternal and forever, which satisfies the soul.
Psalm 23:3 goes on to say,
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
God our shepherd restores us back to where we were in Him. Whether we have allowed the vicissitudes of the world, or the glamor of fame to distract us from Him, God our Shepherd will be us back to Him. In fact we will overflow in his love! The more we allow Him to lead our lives, he will guide us that we will fulfill our God-given purpose.
God our Shepherd will lead us in the paths of righteousness. It is not by our own strength that we can live a righteous life, not polluted by sin and shame, but by leading of the Holy Spirit that we can attain the kind of lifestyle that gives God glory!
I am His sheep; and He is my Shepherd
Thank you for your blessings from day to day.
Lead me in the ways that you want me to go.
May my life point others to your love,
And continue to restore to me all you have for me.
In Jesus’ name.
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