“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.
You and I are helpless. I don’t know about you, but I hate to be called helpless! It raises my shackles. My mother use to say, “Don’t get your back up!” But, that is exactly what I do when I get that helpless feeling. And, the more I fight against it the more it grabs me. Until—UNTIL I remember that I need Jesus. I need Jesus to shepherd me through the maze of temptations and lies that seek to delude me and hides the truth.
It is true, we—you and I—the world—are like sheep out in the pasture who need a shepherd to protect them. Sheep are not like the rabbit who can run, or the cat who scratches, or the dog who bites, or bees who can sting, or, even goats who can butt. Sheep are totally defenseless and helpless. They can neither fight nor run when a predator comes upon them.
When we are out in the “pasture”—the world, we are as defenseless as those sheep when the “predator”—tribulation/temptation—present themselves to us. We need a Shepherd! Somewhere from deep within us Jesus speaks and we are convicted, comforted and convinced by His Holy Spirit to come to Him. “Come to Me and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30) We are lost without the Good Shepherd.
Make no mistake about it, the ole deluder is roaming about just waiting for the chance to pounce. He is like a wolf crouching in the shadows waiting for even that one sheep to leave the fold (in fact, he would prefer just one—coward as he is) and wander into dangerous territory by itself. There the wolf will take advantage of the helpless sheep, unless the Shepherd leads him to safety. Listen to the words of the Psalmist and be encouraged: “Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no harm will come to you, no plague will come near your tent. For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91: 9, 10) No harm will come near you…He will protect you wherever you are—even out in the pasture. With Christ you will no longer be helpless.
Dear Lord, help us all re-new our relationship with You. And for those who have not done so, please by the power of Your Holy Spirit, convict them of their broken relationship with You and help them to hear You as You say, “Listen I am standing at the door and knocking. Please hear My voice open the door and let me come in…” (Revelation 3:20, paraphrased)
“Be encouraged. You have a Good Shepherd who is leading you and protecting you from your enemy even when that enemy is you.” (O.S. Hawkins; The Believers Code, pg. 34, January 25 meditation Thomas Nelson, pub)
Sometimes we do not know what to do, but God does.
Listen to Him.