The world can sometimes seem a frightening and chaotic place. This week in Battle Drill devotionals, we are reminded to depend on Jesus, our Good Shepherd, for our provision, guidance, and protection.
Read Psalm 23:1-6 (TLB). My Mum’s favourite Bible version was The Living Bible. She based her opinion on one verse, and one verse alone:
Psalm 23:1 LBP
Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need!
My Mum would say that word “Because” makes all the difference to the sense of the words the psalmist wrote. We have everything we need because the Lord is our Shepherd.
David, the psalmist, was, of course, writing out of his own personal experience. He had been a shepherd. He knew sheep inside and out. He knew they were completely dependent upon their shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. Without the shepherd they would soon become frightened, passive animals.
In some senses, we are liable to become passive and frightened, especially when our world seems so chaotic and confusing. But if we are obedient followers, following the One we know will lead us in the right ways and to the right places, then we have nothing to fear.
When you recognise the Good Shepherd, all you have to do is follow him! When you do, you’ll have everything you need.
Think It Over
Think about the following:
• When was the last time you turned to the Lord for guidance? What was the outcome?
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