Our Good Shepherd

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. – John 10:14

Sheep are silly creatures, and in this respect likewise we are very sheepish. We meekly own it to Him who is ready to guide us. We say, as David said, “O God, Thou knowest my foolishness;” and He says to us as He said to David, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go.” If Christ were not our wisdom, we should soon fall a prey to the destroyer. Every grain of true wisdom that we possess we have derived from Him; of ourselves we are dull and giddy; folly is bound up in our heart…He discerns you as you are, claims you as His own, foresees all the ills to which you are exposed, yet tends you as His flock, sets store by every lamb of the fold, and so feeds you according to the integrity of His heart, and guides you by the skillfulness of His hands. “I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down,” saith the Lord God. Oh, what sweet music there is to us in the name which is given to our Lord Jesus Christ of “the good Shepherd”! It not only describes the office He holds, but it sets forth the sympathy He feels, the aptness He shows, and the responsibility He bears to promote our well-being. What if the sheep be weak, yet is the shepherd strong to guard His flock from the prowling wolf or the roaring lion. If the sheep suffer privation because the soil is barren, yet is the shepherd able to lead them into pasturage suitable for them. If they be foolish, yet He goes before them, cheers them with His voice, and rules them with the rod of His command.

That I am like a sheep is a sorry reflection; but that I have a shepherd charms away the sorrow and creates a new joy.~ C.H. Spurgeon



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