April 26 GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

TODAY’S TOPIC: DON’T WALK ALONE

I believe we all know Psalms 23 The Lord is my shepherd …
Let’s get the conversation started with Psalms 23 in the light of the pandemic.

The years 2020 and 2021 so far have hit us like a tsunami leaving us traumatized with the impact and aftermath of this deadly virus.

Here are some reassuring facts about our Good Shepherd:

  • A shepherd is a person who protects, guides, and watches over sheep. His main responsibility is the safety and welfare of those under his care keeping a watchful eye out for poisonous stuff that can harm his flock.
  • The Lord is our shepherd. He is our personal Shepherd. He got it all figured out how we will find the strength to handle the varied emotions that we battle with each and every day.

The Bible says that the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him. As sheep it’s important that we recognize the voice of our shepherd and listen to His secrets.

Our brains are wired to pay more attention to unpleasant news. So, as sheep we must pay close attention to the secrets of our shepherd.

We are constantly under the watchful eyes of the good Shepherd. The job of the shepherd is to care for the sheep until he is confident to walk again.

The Book of Luke tells a parable – “Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”

You are God’s personal concern. Resist the urge to think that God does not see your wounded heart or hear your midnight cries. Instead, quiet your heart. He sees when your mind goes wandering and He will quiet your heart besides the still waters. He shields you with His rod of protection.

Can a sheep survive alone? I have seen videos of a single lost sheep being cared for by other animals. The lone sheep eventually picks up the habits and mannerisms of the other animals.

The Psalmist David calls us sheep. We are not created to do life alone. Our circle should be likeminded influencing each other to remain under the care of the Good Shepherd.

I read an article once about a dumb sheep having a conversation with a shepherd. The dumb sheep blurted out, “What are you griping about, I almost drowned in the pond?” Shocked at hearing the Sheep speak, the Shepherd asked the sheep why he was in the pond in the first place, “Don’t you know sheep can’t swim?”

Lesson: You are a sheep. You cannot survive if you keep wandering around in places where there is no Shepherd.

You are a sheep. Sheep needs a Shepherd.
The closer we are to the Shepherd the safer we are from deadly diseases.

PRAYER TIME: Father, we thank you that you are the good Shepherd that keeps watch over us day and night during this great pandemic. We will not be afraid of evil news our hearts are fixed in you. In Jesus Name, Amen

Final thought: You don’t have to be in control or feel in control because Jesus the Good Shepherd is always in control.

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