Do You Know The Good Shepherd?
Two men were called upon to recite the 23 Psalm to a large class. The first, a trained orator, began and delivered the Psalm powerfully with the crowd cheering and requesting an encore to hear his wonderful voice again. The second man, older and untrained, then repeated the Psalm.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want..." When he finished no words came from the audience. No cheering for the people were so moved that they were in a prayerful silence of devotion.
Upon seeing this the great orator made a confession, "The difference is I know the Psalm, but my friend here knows the Shepherd."
Do you really know the Good Shepherd?
At night sheep would come into a village fold with other shepherds and their sheep. But, in the morning, the shepherd would separate his sheep from the rest of the folds. His sheep would follow him out to pasture for they knew his voice.
In this world, we are often among sheep that are not of God's fold. But, if we really know our Good Shepherd, we will follow him and not become lost among the flocks. We must be careful to listen for our Shepherd's voice and not become distracted wandering off into danger.
Sheep need to be greatly cared for as they have no protection from predators on their own. Jesus saw his sheep in danger of death. He loved his sheep so much that he gave His life for them, so they might live.
For us, He gave His life. And yet He lives, continuing to offer His love and protection.
May we know Him. As our guide, as our provider, as our protector.
Am I listening for My Good Shepherd's voice or am I too distracted by the noise of the world?
Lord, You are The Good Shepherd, who died for me that I might live.
Now, I want to live for You. I want to be an example of Your life-giving love so that others, not of this fold, may see You and come in to join Your flock. May I always hear Your voice above all the noise and be guided by You.
Story Reference: Jesus The Good Shepherd