Scripture Reading: John 10:27–28
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”
Father God, we praise you for you are Jehovah Roi, the Lord our Shepherd. Give us the grace to believe you, to trust you, and to follow you wherever you lead. Let us be the Lord’s sheep in Jesus’ name.
Have you ever seen sheep on a farm? Sheep are domesticated and gentle; they are not wild. They need to be led by someone who will provide love and protection. Many animals can make it on their own, but this is not the case with sheep. The Lord often likens His people to sheep: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” Psalm 23.
This is a very famous psalm written by David, the shepherd boy. He was able to proclaim that the Lord was his shepherd and therefore, he would not want for anything. Can you say the same? The Lord’s sheep are those who know by experience that the Lord is their shepherd and they shall not want. They personally experience the shepherding of God as described in the passage; therefore, they call Him Abba, Father. May He be your shepherd in a new way from today onwards in the name of Jesus.
The Lord’s sheep have testimonies of the Lord’s leading. Once I was about to board a plane and the Lord ministered to me that I should not go; that the plane would not fly to my destination, New York. So, I retrieved my bags and took a flight that left twelve hours later. Halfway to my destination, I learned that all who had left earlier could not travel because there had been a snowstorm in New York. However, my later flight was one of the first to land after the storm. It had not made sense to me earlier, but the shepherding of the Lord brought me through by His leading.
The Lord’s sheep follow their shepherd wherever He leads them; they obey God. They submit meekly and surrender in humility, believing Him. They have the vision of God so they stay on the mission with His leadership. The Lord’s sheep also hear the voice of The Lord: “…the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out . . . and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow,” John 10:3–5. If you are His sheep, when was the last time you heard His voice?
God’s love for His sheep is so strong that He would leave ninety-nine sheep to search for the lost one. If you are one of the lost sheep, you have not experienced His shepherding lately because you have strayed away from God. By your own will, you wandered off and left Him; God never abandoned you. In fact He is looking for you now. Today is your day of restoration back to the shepherding of the Lord. When He shepherds you, He will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies. He will make you to lie down in green pastures and lead you beside still waters. Beloved, the Lord is calling out to His lost sheep today. If you can hear His call, then you are His sheep. Hearken to His voice for He wants to be your good Shepherd.
Jesus is indeed the good Shepherd who laid down His life so that our sins could be forgiven and we could have a relationship with God, John 10:11–14.
May God make it clear to you that you are one of the Lord’s sheep. May He find you today so that you may know His leading personally again. Pray with me:
Lord God Almighty, make me manifestly one of your sheep. Give me the grace to have the attributes of the sheep that I may be totally led by you. Deliver me from self-will. Father God, I pray I have a personal revelation of you as my Shepherd. Bless me with the grace of obedience. Amen.