Shepherd & Sheep

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5

God has said this because in truth he is all we really need. Because God will never leave us nor forsake us we can be content with such things we have. This same tune rings in Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” I used to dislike this verse so much that my spirit became vexed. Why? Because it seemed like I always wanted. I knew the Lord was my shepherd, but contrary to the second part of that verse – I wanted. Now I’ve begun to see Psalm 23:1 in a different light, a true and bright light. My perspective has changed.

The verse starts out with “The Lord is my shepherd…” Shepherds are with their flock a majority of their time, if not all the time. Shepherds guide, lead, feed and sometimes carry their flock. The Lord does the same and maybe more for His people. When God gave me this realization – when my eyes became open to the truth I understood the second part of Psalm 23:1, “I shall not want.” Which means I have no need of anything else except what my shepherd gives to me; because my Shepherd takes care of me and supplies my needs.

Can you imagine a sheep (one sheep) being stubborn and discontent with what his shepherd has given him? Can you imagine a rebellious sheep that wants to separate himself from the rest of his kin and his shepherd? Can you imagine that sheep being unruly, undisciplined and standing out from the flock in the worst way? For me, it seems so out-of-place that this sheep would be acting like this. My thought is, shouldn’t sheep be more submissive to their shepherd; running to him for all they need?

If you can imagine the sheep I described above, you can also imagine an individual doing the same exact things, but against the Lord, against God. Are you someone who has rebelled against God? Do you run from God?

God makes space for repentance. Will you take the opportunity to repent today?

If you have not accepted Jesus to be Lord of your life, if you have not confessed that Jesus is Lord you can do it now. Go to the Salvation Prayer page above, read through it, say a prayer of your own or the one shared on that page. May God bless you.

Jesus referred to sheep in the Bible when He spoke,

  • “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doeth not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after that which was lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15:4,5 Read the entire chapter of Luke 15.
  • “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him:for they know his voice. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10:4.11 Read the entire chapter of John 10.
  • In John 21:15-17, Jesus showed Himself to His disciples(this is after he was risen from the dead) and tells Simon Peter, son of Jó-nas, to feed His lambs and feed His sheep.

You are welcome to ask questions by commenting on either post or by e-mail.

May all glory, thanks, admiration and praise be unto God; the Creator of heaven and earth, the One who placed time into existence, the One who raises from the dead and restores life. Glory to the King who reigns forever, whose Word stands forever, whose love endures to all generations and whose power is greater than any can imagine. All thanks be unto JESUS Christ, who through Him we are reconciled to our Maker, who through Him we are redeemed and set free from the bondage and law of sin. Amen.