He is Always with You
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Throughout the Bible we see images of God as our Shepherd. Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” The New Testament describes Jesus as the Good Shepherd, and tells us that He lays down His life for His sheep. Jesus says, in John 10:3, that the sheep hear His voice.
I don’t have sheep, but I have two goats named Vincent and Violet. When I speak to them, they know my voice. If I were a stranger they wouldn't listen, being very stubborn and ornery goats. But when I call Vincent he comes up to the fence for me to rub his head and scratch him between the horns. Violet eats acorns from my hand.
What a lovely thought that our Good Shepherd speaks to us. Here are just a few of the things He says in His Word: “Look to Me…I provide all of your needs. Cast your cares on me…for I care deeply for you. Rest in me…for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. I will do the work for you. I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will guide you…follow me. I am always with you, I will never leave you. I will comfort you. My grace is sufficient. Don’t be afraid, I will protect you. I go before you and I will bless you. You are precious and honored in my sight and I love you...”
FAITH STEP: All that He is, He is for you. All that He speaks, He speaks to you. Do you hear your Shepherd’s voice?
Written by Gwen Ford Faulkenberry
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