Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11
All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. John 10:8-15
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
God knows that our ultimate good is served when we are back under His authority, surrendered and yielded to Him. He is not on some power kick. He is God, the Creator and Master of the universe. He takes the care and well-being of His creation very seriously. He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep of His pasture. Wayward sheep don’t fare well. Sheep yielded to their Shepherd for His purposes prosper under His loving care. Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep.” This is how we are brought back and it is our subsequent yielding and surrendering to Him that frees Him to care for us fully and wonderfully.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I know that the words of the Psalmist, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want (lack anything)," are true for me too. Help me to be a sheep that abides in your presence and care. May it always be that I follow you obediently as one who truly knows you and trusts you. More than ever before I can say, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.” Amen!
Posted on Wed, January 25, 2017
by Alan Porter