The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1 ESV
Jimbob learns to trust God as His Shepherd…how about you?
“The Lord is my Shepherd” is probably one of the most known scriptures after John 3:16 “For God so loved the world” and Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.
Interestingly in one of my Chinese Bible studies I was asked, “why does God refer to people as sheep? Aren’t sheep supposed to be not very smart? I am working on my PHD.”
The word sheep is used over 500 times in the Bible. It is the most mentioned animal. Jesus is referred to as the Lamb of God who became a sacrifice for our sins. Sheep are very discerning to trust their friend, the shepherd, and will follow him wherever He goes. Sheep have few abilities to protect themselves, they need a shepherd.
If you had loving parents who provided for your needs, it is easy to transfer that same type of trust to God. But what if that does not describe your upbringing? What if your parents struggled with keeping their promises, were verbally abusive, were emotionally or possibly physically absent when you needed them? Will God let you down also?
There was a time in my life when I knew that God’s promises were true. He is a good shepherd and will be faithful to His sheep. But I thought those promises were for everybody else. I felt like I was not a very good sheep, I was unworthy. Somehow, my brokenness was too much for God to have to keep His promises for me.
Then after prayers and deliverance from loving ministers, God restored my heart. I felt a wave of love and acceptance wash over my heart and mind. From that day forward, I knew that God’s love and promises were true for me as well as for His other sheep.
Jesus invites you to join His flock. It is an invitation. You will have to relinquish your control of your life, but His perspective of love and what is good for you is way better. Do you trust Jesus as the good shepherd for your life?
May you learn to trust Jesus as your shepherd and receive the warmth of His love.
Blessings Love y’all