The Good Shepherd
Today, it is on my heart to expound a bit on a part of the Scripture
found in John 10. The paradigm that Christ expounds on in this passage
is the safety and security found in God as Christ, the Good Shepherd.
10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came
that they may have life and have it abundantly." To receive the full
meaning one has to back up to verse 7 and read through. Christ speaks
of sheep and Him being the door. When I read this passage, I always
picture a sheep pen. Christ is the door. "I am the door; if anyone
enters through Me, he shall be saved..." (vs 9) -- but He doesn't stop
there --- He continues "..... and shall go in and out, and find
pasture." So in Him -- I have the freedom to roam about under the
safety of His watch. (ie: Even in the world, where Satan roams about to
steal, kill, and destroy, I am safe because He owns me!)
Do you see the awesomeness of grasping this promise in FULL?
often I hear just the first part of verse 10 quoted - feeding dread and
concern among my siblings -- when Christ's whole point was to say -- "I
HAVE YOU! YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FRET THE THIEF! IN ME, YOU HAVE FREEDOM
Do trials come? Absolutely. But they are there not for harm, but for shaping and molding. Father places parameters on the enemy for what he can and cannot touch with regards to His child during seasons of testing.
We see this in Job. Each one of God's children requires unique molding
and shaping. Perhaps this is another reason He spoke, "For My thoughts
are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.
(Isa 55:8) But make no mistake, testing has very significant purpose!
we gather His protection coupled to His purpose deep within our hearts,
we are then able to make it through some of the hardest trials.....
knowing, "If God be for us, who can be against us?!"(Romans 8:31) And
the beauty is the Great Shepherd never leaves us, especially through
the trials found during a season of testing. We are His and He is ours!
pray this blesses you to great depths today, that you take a moment and
meditate on the great revelation of Him as The Good Shepherd. We are no
longer orphans. We are no longer prey to the "thief". Christ has us!
Give Him praise!
Loving you today, sibling!
I am first and foremost a daughter of the Most High. He has blessed me
with three maturing children, ages 12 years old through 7 years old,
and a Christian husband who is my best friend. I spend my days home
schooling my children, tending the 'home front', exploring God's Word,
and lifting up my fellow sisters in Christ.
I have a tremendous appetite for the Lord's Word and a desire to know
Him to deep depths. As for my fellow sisters in the Lord, I have a
passion to see them walking out their destinies in Christ. In all
things, Give Him Praise!
You can visit Deborah at www.joyinthemorning.com.