Have you ever observed sheep behavior when near their shepherds? Those accustomed to a loving caretaker are more approachable when contrasted against those whose caretakers treat them as nothing more than another chore. At fairs all across the country, you can observe this. The more gentle and loving the shepherd, the more comfortable the sheep are in his presence. Good shepherds know this and their sheep respond to their presence much more predictably.
People are not much different. The more positive and reinforcing our relationships with others, the more comfortable and positively we respond. In John 10, we hear the words of our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. He acknowledged that he would lay down his life for his sheep so that we may “have life, and have it to the full”. Jesus states that he knows his sheep and his sheep know him. You may be wandering or lost – seeking the home of your heart’s desire.
Jesus knows you and everything about you. Do you know him? Jesus has laid down his life for you in order that you might be saved from the misguided and deceptive wolves of this world. Get to know Jesus as your Good Shepherd.
Prayer: Loving and Redeeming Good Shepherd, guide me to the gate of your wondrous pasture and away from the thieves and wolves in the dark places of our world today. Amen
Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.