Moments with Maker Devotional Week #7
The Good Shepherd
“I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my father knows me and I know the father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.” – John 10:14-15
King David, the most well-known author for the Book of Psalms found in the Old Testament, refers to the Lord as his Shepherd. Psalm 100:3 says, “Acknowledge that the Lord is good! He made us, and we are his. We are His people, the sheep of his pasture.”
Not only is the Lord our Shepherd, He is our good Shepherd!
We are His sheep and He is our Shepherd.
He has sacrificed His life for His sheep- which is all of humanity.
This illustration reminds me of my youngest son and his favorite stuffed animal. Since the moment he received his stuffed animal Sheepy for Easter (top sheep in photo below). It was love at first sight. He had other stuffed animals before this but he loved this animal more than anything else he owned. He has totally fallen in love with his little sheep.
He carries his sheep everywhere.
He hugs and kisses his sheep.
He talks to his sheep.
He reads to his sheep.
He takes sheep everywhere around the house.
And yes, Sheepy must be tucked in with him at bedtime.
My little guy is a good shepherd to his sheep.
He loves his sheep.
Can you imagine how much more the Good Shepherd, our Lord, loves his sheep?
David says in Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd, I have all that I need.” What a beautiful and truthful statement.
The Good Shepherd carries us.
He talks to us through the Holy Spirit and the WORD of God.
He leads us if we let Him.
He feeds us physically and spiritually.
He is with us wherever we go.
He desires to protect us.
Our Lord is such a Good Shepherd.
Jesus said, “the Sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice” (John 10:3b-4).
Jesus, the Good Shepherd is calling your name dear one.
He desires to lead you.
Will you answer Him and follow his voice?
Let us embrace the Good Shepherd like the psalmist David did when he said,
“The Lord is my Good Shepherd I have all that I need.”
Don’t stray away from the Good Shepherd and definitely don’t follow the other lost sheep- follow the Good Shepherd and his voice.
He is calling you by name dear friend.
Follow the Good Shepherd today…. tomorrow….and forevermore.
If you missed any of the previous weeks of Moments with Maker Devotionals, you can find them here:
Holding Onto What? // Week #1 – here
Take Your Land // Week #2 – here
Tears in a Bottle // Week #3 – here
A Love Story // Week #4 – here
Heart of Stone // Week #5 – here
God’s Love Will Never Let You Go // Week #6 – here
**Moments with Maker will be a weekly devotional blog series from my Moments with Maker Devotional book I am preparing to publish – 365 Daily Devotionals. I will be sharing 52 devotionals with you throughout the year to encourage, build up, edify and draw you closer to the Maker of your soul.
Top Photo credit here.