As we conclude our exploration of the relationship between The Good Shepherd and His sheep, we realize that it boils down to two interrelated things – trust and surrender.
A shepherd does a lot for his flock, but they only benefit if they follow him. And to follow requires trust.
Similarly, God needs us to trust Him.
Trusting however, equals surrender:
Surrendering of self and wanting one’s own way.
Surrendering to God’s leading and direction.
Submitting one’s every decision for God’s approval.
Sometimes, sheep can be stubborn.
And we can be too.
In the same way they may break away from the flock and run off, we sometimes turn away from God’s protection to go off and do our own thing.
And like the sheep, we cry out for help when we find difficulty.
The difference between an earthly shepherd and The Good Shepherd though is that the latter never nisses a distress call. While the earthly shepherd requires rest, God has no need of sleep.
So we can call out anywhere and any time, and He will be available to guide us back to safety.
You know, when the sheep hears the shepherd’s voice, he or she recognizes it.
The sheep knows the voice of their shepherd. Do we know ours?
Friends, we have a lot to be thankful for.
We have The Good Shepherd available to us, and He longs to give us His protection, guidance, and provision among other blessings.
The question we must each ask ourselves is, will we allow ourselves to be led by Him?
God longs to be all things to each one of us. May we be able to say, like David, “The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need.” Psalm 23:1 GNT
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