Posted by: Dale | February 21, 2010

The Character of God: Shepherd

The Lord is My Shepherd, I Shall not want

Psalms 23:1

Those are the words that open up a very familiar passage of scripture to many people, even if they have never read the Bible. They are often quoted and used in funeral services, but the reality remains that these words are not about death (well not solely). These words are describing how our relationship with God should be everyday of our lives. These are LIFE words, not death words.

God is My Shepherd. God can be your Shepherd. He desires to do what a good shepherd does, protect His sheep. To lead us to the good places in life (still waters & green pastures). And even when we are in the presence of danger, we will not fear it, because we know that He is with us and His rod and staff comfort us. The rod is not used not against the sheep but as a weapon against an attacker. The staff represent the shepherds guidance for the sheep. He would use it to push the sheep (or pull) where they needed to go. To steer them away from danger and into the right places in life. We see great symbolism here, Christ (and the sacrifice)  is the Rod and the Staff is the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the Father is the Shepherd.

Today, when hard times come. When it seems that you have run out of gas, let the shepherd do the leading and protecting. Better yet, allow Him to do it before you run out of Gas.

PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for today. I am grateful that we are able to be led by YOU and God, today we pray that you would be our shepherd. Today that you would be out Guide and lead us, because God we can not do it on our own. AMEN


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