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6 Things You Should Know About the Shepherd and the Sheep

It’s important to understand the relationship between the shepherd and his sheep in order to understand your relationship with God.

Three of the greatest men of God in the Bible, Abraham, Moses, and David, were shepherds. There must have been something important that God wanted these men to learn from their role as a shepherd before He used them for a great purpose.

How would being a shepherd teach them about their relationship with God? What kinds of things would a shepherd learn?

  1. First of all, he would learn that sheep don’t make good decisions on their own. He would see how important it was for the sheep to follow the shepherd.

2. He would learn that it was important to look out for each individual sheep as well as looking out for the whole flock.

3. Whenever there was danger, he would have to take action. Therefore he would learn to be fearless and brave. David killed the lion and the bear in defense of his sheep before he slayed the giant.

“Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear;” 1 Samuel 17:36

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; ” Isaiah 41:10 NIV

4. He would have to learn patience. Sheep are not very smart.

5. He would see, first hand, how vitally important it is for sheep to follow the shepherd. He would witness the dangers sheep would get into without the care of the shepherd. Without a shepherd, the sheep blindly follow other sheep. When one walks over a cliff, the others follow right behind him!

6. But most importantly, He would have ample time to spend with God, to pray, and seek God’s help. He would learn to walk with God.

The shepherd provides food and clean water daily, rest, protection from the enemy, and guidance. Without the shepherd’s care the sheep would go astray. It’s no accident that God says He is the Good Shepherd and we are like sheep.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 NIV

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28 NIV

This is what King David learned about God through his time as a shepherd. May we learn this as well.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Psalm 23

We don’t have to be a shepherd to learn these important truths. We have the Word of God.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV

With Love, Cindy

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A Verse for Meditation, 1/14/21

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

My Journey Unscripted

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Friday’s Verse, 12/25/20

Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.  I am but a pilgrim here on earth: how I need a map—and your commands are my chart and guide.  I long for your instructions more than I can tell.” Psalm 119:18-20 TLB

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Quote of the Week, 11/18/20

Often God has to shut a door in our face, so that He can subsequently open the door through which He wants us to go.”

Catherine Marshall, 1914-1983, American Writer

Catherine Marshall’s books, Christy, and Beyond Our Selves had a profound effect on my life as a young woman and helped shape my Christian walk.

With Love,

Cindy

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Sunday’s Memory Verse, 10/25/20

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:7-8 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Monday’s Verse, 10/5/20

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
 Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Tuesday’s Verse, 7/21/20

“This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
    who teaches you what is best for you,
    who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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Sunday’s Verse, 5/17/20

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 NIV

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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