Eze.34:2 “…Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep… 4 You have not taken care of the weak. You have not tended the sick or bound up the injured. You have not gone looking for those who have wandered away and are lost…” [with emphasis].
If God is your shepherd, you cannot be stranded. Will you have tough times, times where you need to dig in and dig deep? Of cause. But you will never be stranded. Isa.53:6 “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way” [NIV, with emphasis]. Why do we go missing or try to do our own thing? It is because sheep always feel they are self-sufficient until they get lost. Sheep always feel they know more than the shepherd, after all they can see that the grass is greener on the other side – always, until they get lost.
One strange thing about sheep is that when they get lost, they increase their speed, and this is also true about us. When we get lost, we increase our speed. But the truth is that increasing your speed when you do not know where you are going, gets you lost even faster. If you are lost, just stop and ask for direction. Stop and bleat, cry for help. Stop moving because the more you move, the further away from the path you go. But guess what? The beauty of having God as your shepherd is that it is the duty of the shepherd to look for the lost sheep. So, when you get lost, be still and shout for help. Cry out to God, it is His duty to find you. Stop running!
God’s leading is so important. You must get to the place where you can hear God and experience His leading. If you are going to hear God speak to your heart and lead you by His Spirit, you need to be in rest mode and not in rush mode. He makes me lie down, leads me beside still waters; you need to be in rest mode and tune in to God’s frequency. We have done a teaching focused on tuning in, I advise that you get on the GFHPodcast. Subscribe, download and listen to that resource. I am just going to add to you what was not in that message but would make you stronger. David was one of the greatest kings of Israel in the Bible. One of his greatest secrets, greatest strength is divine direction. David got into trouble like we do, he had seasons in his life where he did not know what to do. But David always knew how to find his way.
David knew how to hear the voice of his shepherd. Yes, the Bible shows David repeatedly inquiring of the Lord. But how did David get to that place where he is constantly able to hear from God? David submitted to God as God’s sheep. David was a shepherd, so in writing Psalm 23, David was saying everything I do for the sheep, God is doing for me also. He knew how to be quiet before God and meditate. Meditating was one of David’s key strengths and tomorrow we will learn how.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please take me by the hand and lead me along the best pathway for my life. Please do not let me wander away from the path of my destiny, in Jesus Name. Amen!