This daily devotional, “Our Daily Bread”, is one that I get every morning. This one spoke loud and clear to me. God impressed upon my heart that I needed to share the message with you. This is a good one for the upcoming year. Who are we following and where will they lead us? The devotional below talks about one sheep jumping off of a cliff for some reason and many of the flock following to their death. Humans are so much like sheep. Jesus, Himself likened the humans to sheep. We follow people and things that will be our undoing and it sometimes is fatal.
This upcoming New Year is a great time to renew that relationship with Jesus our Good Shepherd. He will never lead us into a dangerous situation … at least not alone. He is always there and watching over His sheep, us.
I posted a series called “THE GOOD SHEPHERD” and it was 13 posts about the life and times of a shepherd (the first post is called “SUN SHADES OR JESUS” and I explain why in the post). The author was a shepherd at one time and the book is entitled “A Shepherd looks at Psalm 23”. It was a wonderful book and one that every Christian should read. I believe it will bring you closer to your Good Shepherd… Jesus Christ.
Enjoy the below devotional and Happy New Year! There will not be a post tomorrow because of the holiday!
He leads me beside the still waters. —Psalm 23:2
In Istanbul, Turkey, in 2005, one sheep jumped off a cliff and then nearly 1,500 others followed! In the end, about one-third of them died. Not knowing which way to go, sheep mindlessly follow other members of the flock.
No better word picture than sheep can be found to illustrate our need for a trustworthy leader. We are all, Isaiah wrote, like sheep (Isa. 53:6). We tend to go our own way, yet we desperately need the sure direction of a shepherd.
Psalm 23 describes the trustworthiness of our Good Shepherd. He cares for us (v.1); He provides for our physical needs (v.2); He shows us how to live holy lives (v.3); He restores us, comforts us, heals us, and bountifully blesses us (vv.3-5); and He will not abandon us (v.6).
What a comfort to know that God gently but firmly leads us! He does so through the urging of the Holy Spirit, the reading of His Word, and through prayer. God is the reliable leader we need.
In acknowledgment of our dependence on the Lord, we can say with the psalmist, “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.” —Dave Egner
Like sheep that sometimes wander from the flock
In tangled paths of life to lose their way,
I need my Shepherd’s hand and watchful eye
To keep me always, lest I go astray. —Sanders
The Lamb who died to save us is the Shepherd who lives to guide us.
Today’s familiar and beloved psalm has brought comfort and hope to many. And well it should. This psalm celebrates all that the Good Shepherd does for His sheep. The greatest benefit comes in the last verse: We will “dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (v.6). God does so much to provide for and care for His sheep. However, there is an implicit idea in this text that should not be overlooked: Sheep follow their shepherd. The blessings and comfort of this psalm do not come to sheep that do not follow the Shepherd. As Jesus reminds us, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me”
27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.