He is the Good Shepherd. The
Bible says that God, as expressed in the person of Jesus Christ, is a Good
Shepherd. This implies of course that there are bad Shepherds as well. That
individual is described as the devil or Satan in the Bible. So we have a choice
to choose between either the Good Shepherd or the bad Shepherd. The result of
that choice is obvious. It doesn't mean that in this life you will never have
difficult times, but rather He will guide and protect you through difficult
times, as implied in Psalm 23
The LORD the Shepherd of His People
1 The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.
4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Again in Isaiah 40, it is written
10Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand,
And His arm shall rule for Him;
Behold, His reward is with Him,
And His work before Him.
11He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young.
The Creator of the Universe yearns to be your Shepherd. No matter where you're at, He longs for you to come home. Perhaps you are a lost sheep as described in this story found in the book of Luke, chapt. 15:
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them." 3So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
4"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, "Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' 7I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
As you can see, the Lord, the Good Shepherd longs to be everyone's Good Shepherd, if only we willing allow Him. The decision is ours, do we want to wonder through this life, open prey for wolves in sheep clothes to deceptively destroy our lives and souls? Or do you want to come under the control, comfort and care of the loving Good Shepherd? He doesn't take away our trials, but He's always there to guide and protect us like a Good Shepherd.
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