A third benefit of being under the Shepherd’s safe-keeping is provision.
Part of the Shepherd’s job is to find sources of food and clean water for his flock. He takes the time to scout them out before leading his flock there.
The sheep doesn’t know what is good for them; but the shepherd does. His vision extends way past theirs.
At times, the sheep may see something green and head in that direction. But later on the shepherd has to rescue them from difficulty.
In the same way, God promises to provide for our needs.
When we depend on ourselves, we are subject to problems as our perception is impaired; we cannot even see past this minute.
Thankfully, God knows the end from the beginning, and He knows what is good for us and what is not. Our Good Shepherd is even there for us when we are dealing with the consequences of our poor choices.
When we place all our needs before Him, He will provide. Maybe not what we want but we can confidently trust His judgement.
We may not understand His ways or His timing, but we can trust that He is looking out for our best interests.
We are reminded:
“…for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”
Matthew 6:32 KJV
“…bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.”
Isaiah 33:16 KJV
“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!” Luke 12:24 NRSV
“…no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalms 84:11 KJV
“And God is able to give you more than you need…” 2 Corinthians 9:8 GNT
“…my God will supply all your needs.
Philippians 4:19 GNB
“…those who obey the LORD lack nothing good.” Psalms 34:10 GNB
Sheep trust their shepherd to provide for their needs. Do we?
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