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John 10:27 (NLT) My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
The theme of Jesus being described as a shepherd didn’t only occur in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus Himself recognized that those who follow Him (His sheep) listen to his voice…and follow Him.
We must recognize that all in all, sheep are not very bright. They need a shepherd to follow, a shepherd to trust. The sheep who do not follow the shepherd often do so to their own peril.
Generally speaking, most people who have professed faith in Christ would say, “Yes, I trust Jesus in everything.” But the reality is that we all face moments when following Jesus seems to be the more difficult path, and we would much rather take an easier road. Moments when we believe our way would be better.
Today, take some time to reflect on this question: In what circumstances do you find it difficult to trust the Great Shepherd?
READING & PRAYERS:
QUESTION: In what circumstances do you find it difficult to completely and totally trust the Great Shepherd? Confess that to Him, and then trust that He will lead you exactly where you need to be.
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, there are times when I find it very easy to follow and trust You, but there are also times when I would rather forge my own way. Thank You for holding onto me and carrying me to where I need to be even in those times when I try to escape Your presence. In grateful for Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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