The Lord is my Shepherd: My Provider

3rd February

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths bringing honour to His Name.”

Psalm 23:1-3

How often do we take for granted what God has given us? In this western world, we can simply turn on a tap and water comes out or stand under a shower of flowing hot water; a luxury that is so often overlooked in our prayers of thankfulness.

Yet our God is so much more than a provider of our physical needs. In fact He is all we need! Jesus in Luke chapter 15 tells us the story of the lost sheep. He explains that God cares about every individual so much that he pursues us with His tender love and care. Even if we find ourselves lost in the wilderness, He still chases after us, as a shepherd does for his lost sheep. When we are found He rejoices with great gladness. The picture of that lost sheep on top of his master’s shoulders highlights the Good Shepherd we serve; a Shepherd that never gives us on his sheep.

The role of a shepherd is not just to protect his sheep from danger, as we heard about yesterday but it is also to provide for a sheep’s every need. They have nothing but to rely on the shepherd’s provision. If the land is dry and famished then it’s a shepherd’s role to lead them to pastures new. His job is to shear their wool in the right season. Just as a sheep has no other option than to rely on his shepherd in order to survive, so we must fully rely on our Provider, Jesus the Good Shepherd. If you are lost in wilderness, shout out to Jesus and grab onto His loving staff. Let Him lead to green pastures and peaceful streams. Remember He is our everything! He is all we need and more!

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