A shepherd is in change, and has the responsibility of caring for the sheep that are entrusted to him. He must lead them to areas of green grass in terrain that is mostly dry and rocky. He must provide water to drink that is fresh and not filled with minerals or bacteria that would lead to illness or death. The shepherd must keep his eye on each sheep to ensure it doesn’t get lost or become prey to predators or stolen by thieves. If it would happen the shepherd would do everything possible to find and rescue it bringing it back to the fold treating any injuries and removing parasites. As we can see, sheep are totally dependent on the shepherd for its very health existence.
King David, who was a skilled and compassionate shepherd writes: “The Lord is my shepherd.” He knows firsthand that God alone is qualified to be the shepherd of people. He alone is responsible for our protection from enemies, provides for our every physical, emotional and spiritual need. He provides comfort when life is miserable and keeps us secure as we face the possibility of death and eventually death itself. Having the Lord as our shepherd brings inner contentment and peace of mind because we know he’s in control of life’s coming and going.
However, we are prone to listen to and follow our own ideas about what will bring contentment, and all we need in life, all without God. We think we know better than God’s plan. Our plan usually involves seeing and coveting the “greener grass” and peaceful streams on the other side of the fence. It only leads to drifting farther and farther away from truth and true contentment not to mention eternal life.
Are you listening to the voice of the shepherd, or the hired hand who won’t risk anything for your safety?
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23
Pr. Bob Snitzer
By the Way:
Today 10:00 and 6:00 New member class.
Thursday 15, 10:00 Quilting
Sunday 18, 9:00 Morning worship. Sermon: Death to Life
Monday 19, 10:00 Funeral for Hanford & Dolores Bartleson