Daily Devotion

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

I have observed shepherds take care of their sheep or cattle and it is a very interesting relationship. The animal is limited in its knowledge and capacity. As is rightly said, sheep are dumb so they are incapable of doing a lot by themselves. The shepherd on the other hand is at another dimension all together. They know what the sheep need and where to find it. They can feed, nurture and take care of the sheep for many years. The shepherd loves the sheep and knows that they are lost without him. The sheep are safe and secure while with the shepherd.

Jesus said He was the good shepherd. His love for you His sheep is unquestionable, having laid down His life on the cross for His sheep. His is capable of nurturing, protecting, blessing and eternally taking care of you. He knows what you need, when you need it and how to give you the best. There is no limit to the love, mercy, kindness and grace He has for you. Jesus is not the butcher but the shepherd. He is interested in your welldoing and prosperity. He has so much good in store for you and is working in so many ways to bless and prosper you. Let us therefore always approach our shepherd with a mentality that understands He is looking out for you as the good shepherd.

SCRIPTURE READING: John 10:1-15 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who [ever] came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have [it] more abundantly. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, [he who is] not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My [sheep,] and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

DEVOTION PRAYER: Oh Lord, it’s with pleasure to know that you’re the master of my life. My soul is with great satisfaction being under your leadership. As your child, may I continue to behold these wonderous things that you have given me, Amen.

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