“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” – Psalm 23:1
David understood what it meant to be a shepherd, having been one as a young lad. In his discussion with king Saul, he said “Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him on his beard, and smote him, and slew him” (1 Samuel 17:34-35). He understood that a shepherd had to protect his sheep. It’s the shepherd’s responsibility to lead the sheep and provide protection, the right pasture, water and shelter.
So, when Jesus said “I am a good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine” (John 10:14), He wanted us to know His primary responsibility toward us, which is to nurture, guide, protect and provide for us. “Shepherd” in Greek is “poimen”, which also means “Pastor”. Thus Jesus described Himself as the “Good Pastor”.
You need to know and relate with the Lord Jesus as your shepherd and bred-provider. That way, you won’t need to struggle through life trying to make things work by your own ability. Simply follow the leading of Christ Jesus, your good Shepherd and He’ll guide you into everything you require for good life! Your good Shepherd loved you enough to die for you, and He lives in your heart today, guiding you by the Holy Spirit in the path of God’s destiny for your life.
Remember, Jesus loves you more than you love yourself; He loves you more than life itself, and He proved it by dying for you on the cross. That’s the character of the good shepherd: He lays down his life for his sheep. Always be conscience of Christ’s irrevocable love for you. He is your Good Shepherd, and He cares about you. He’s more willing and enthusiastic about your success, progress and prosperity than you could ever be! He went the uttermost length to see to it that you turn out right in life.
For more, please read and study: John 10:11-12; Psalm 23:1-4
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Dear Lord Jesus, I recognize you as my good Shepherd, therefore I know I’ll never lack or be in want of any good things, for you lay me down in the field of abundance. I rejoice, knowing that you’re with me, shielding and protecting me from all evil and guiding me to streams of peaceful waters. Your rod and staff comfort me. Surely, your kindness and love will always encompass me each day of my life, and I’ll live forever under your divine protection. Amen.