The shepherd of the sheep…calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him, because they know his voice.  John 10:2-4

Over and over in the Bible, God calls Himself our Shepherd. Most of us don’t really grasp or embrace the metaphor, because we know nothing about sheep or shepherds. If we did, we would realize that God is saying to us, I am always active on your behalf. I know that if I’m not, you will not make it. You are helpless without Me.

            He knows this about us. The problem is, we don’t know this about ourselves. We don’t know how much we need Him. (That’s dumb.) Even when we say we know it, we forget it, and live as if we don’t need Him. (That’s dumber.)

When we are dumb and dumber, we don’t follow Him. We go out and blaze a trail, and those trails usually lead to places where we get stuck and need help.

            There is a better way. He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him.

Why don’t I remember this in the day-to-day events of my life? Maybe it’s because I don’t really believe that He knows my name and cares about the details of my life. Or sometimes I make no conscious effort to follow Him, because He might be going places I don’t really want to go.

            In the book A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm, the writer, Phillip Keller, who was a shepherd for years, says, When all is said and done, the welfare of any flock is entirely dependent upon the management afforded them by their owner…In the same way, there are people I have met who have recognized Christ as Lord and Master of their lives, their Owner and Manager. They are permeated with a deep, quiet, settled peace. They radiate a serene confidence and quiet joy that surmounts all the tragedies of their time. They are under God’s care and they know it. They have entrusted themselves to Christ’s control, and they have found contentment.             

            Do you want that? Then begin to believe that God is truly a Good Shepherd—your Good Shepherd. He has assumed responsibility for your care. He knows your name, understands your path, and He goes on ahead of you. Will you follow?

            **Are you willing to be led by God?

            **Will you follow Him wherever He leads, trusting that He knows all things?

Lord, You are my Shepherd. I shall not be wanting. You have already given all. You have laid down Your life for me. You are diligently watching over me, going ahead of me. Teach me to follow You. I need You. Thank You for Your care.

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