A sheep will not lay down to rest in peace unless four things are provided; i.e., unless four fears are dealt with. A sheep needs to be free from the fear of predators, free from hunger and thirst, free from being bugged by nose flies, and free from competition from other sheep. We also can know peace when we are free from our fears—the same ones that sheep deal with. Only Jesus can give us that peace. He provides our daily bread and water, as we pray in the Lord’s prayer. He protects us from the evil one, spirit or human. He promises to provide a safe place to live and eat, even in the midst of our enemies. He teaches us humility and places us in God’s family so we may be surrounded and covered with grace and prayer by brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our good shepherd goes before us as he leads us in and out of daily life—the joys and the heartaches. We are never alone, but always in the presence of our good shepherd. He knows us by name and will bring us abundant life.
Prayer: Dear Shepherd, thank you for your protection and provision, and for helping us live free from fear and full of hope in your providential care and love. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner,
Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.