I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. John 10:11-13
He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5B-6
Has a nation changed gods when they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. “Be appalled, O heavens, at this, and shudder, be very desolate,” declares the LORD. For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:11-13
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:35-40
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The world in which we live is full of troubles and those troubles regularly come our way. Often the way we cope with those troubles reveals our actual inner state and sense of well-being. All too often we look to substitutes for coping with those troubles and we end up with more troubles. At every turn the countless solutions of the world beckon us to turn aside to find in them the help and relief we desire. But the deepest need of our heart is God Himself and until it rests in Him there will be no true peace or comfort.
The relief points of all the substitutes in the world put together do not compare with one moment actually spent in the healing presence of God when we come to Him in total surrender and openness within the sanctuary of personal prayer. All our efforts to cope are futile when they are centered in other people or in other things beside God and His unconditional and unending love. The full life we have in Christ includes the powerful assurance that He will never give up on us or abandon us no matter what.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I know you care deeply about my eternal welfare, including the welfare of my inner being. Thank you for all you have done and are doing for me as my Savior and Lord. I am just beginning to grasp the fullness of what you want to provide for me in terms of inner peace and comfort in the midst of the troubles I experience. Forgive me for turning to substitutes for you. I know it must grieve you. Help me to come before you for the touch of your healing presence and may my inner being be flooded with your amazing peace and comfort even at this very moment. Amen!
Posted on Wed, September 18, 2019
by Ken Hart