Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.Hebrews 13:20-21
Whether we realize it or not, God is working in us. His tender mercies touch us in every moment of our life. God uses the metaphor of a shepherd and his flock to illustrate his relationship with us. Of all the animals in the world, we are described in the scriptures as sheep. Sheep are very vulnerable beasts, which depend on a shepherd for its survival. By nature, sheep are tender and need constant care and guidance. They can easily become distracted and frightened. They rely on the shepherd to lead them to fresh pastures and water to be sustained. Their survival depends directly on their relationship with the shepherd.
Jesus declared himself as the good Shepherd who gives his life for the flock, as we know he did. He also described himself as the Door to the flock. An important function of the shepherd was to protect the sheep from ferocious predators. The shepherd, after taking the flock to the fold, would lay down overnight by the entrance in order to protect his sheep from intruders.
Psalms 23 is the perfect description on how the Good Shepherd takes care of us, his sheep. In fact, this is a very personal poem which references every need we have and how Jesus provides for us with his loving and caring grace. If you are dealing with special needs at this moment, trust your Shepherd. He will provide for your needs according to his riches and glory. He will protect you from every evil, and He promised to be with you no matter the circumstances. His healing care will relieve you from anxiety and any wounds. He is your loving and caring Good Shepherd.
By pastor Jorge Cardenas