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The One True God is our Good Shepherd

Day Thirty-Three
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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God in His infinite love and wisdom knew we needed a shepherd. The One true God is this Shepherd. He came to guide and protect, and to give us exactly what we need in this troubling world. God dying for our sins allowed Him to lovingly care for us as a shepherd would. In many ways we are just like sheep who need a good shepherd. I certainly act like a sheep at times - lost, afraid, and needing to be shown the way. I am so glad Jesus is my Good Shepherd, Who carries me in His arms if need be! Are you glad? (Psalm 23:1, 28:9; Hebrews 13:20-21)

...the Lord GOD will come with might, with His arm ruling for Him... Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes... All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all, to fall on Him. Isaiah 40:10-11, 53:6 NASB®

Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He willingly laid down His life for us, to give us an abundant life, and an eternity of His riches in kindness. Others may promise to care for you, and even give their all for you. Yet as life goes, no person is perfect, and we all struggle with our own needs, so we let each other down; some even flee. Jesus will never let you down. In reality He is incapable of letting you down because of Who He is.

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees... He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep... For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again... My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one. John 10:10-30 NASB®

The Good Shepherd knows His sheep intimately, and holds them gently but tightly in His hand. No one can snatch them from our Shepherd. He will guide and protect them with His life. Yes, oh yes, Jesus is my Good Shepherd, is He yours? (Romans 8:31-39)

The LORD is my Shepherd - Psalm 23. It is the Psalm which everyone knows and loves, because it paints a vivid picture of our Shepherd's great love and care for us. Who doesn't want to hear that the One True God loves and cares for them? My daughter loved Psalm 23, and memorized it, as a child. When she would say verse one of the Psalm, she would say, I have all I want, instead of I shall not want. I still remember thinking, she has it right - we certainly have all we want in our Shepherd.

Psalm 23 describes how the LORD our Shepherd cares for us: He gives us physical nourishment and spiritual restoring. He gives us His righteousness and leads us in righteousness. His death and presence allow us to have no fear as we walk through the shadow of death and evil. Our Shepherd's rod and staff guide us, and bring us His comfort and protection. He will over flow His blessings to us here and throughout eternity. His goodness and love will be with us always, and we will literally dwell with Him forever. Yes, we surely have all we want in Jesus, our Good Shepherd. How does knowing God is your Good Shepherd influence your life?

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness, for His name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23 NASB®


Life Application:

Rewrite Isaiah 40:10-11 in your own words. What do these verses tell you about God? What do they say to you personally? I love these verses. God is my mighty King of kings, Who is ruler over everything, but at the same time He gently and lovingly holds me and leads me, as a good shepherd would His sheep.

I want to end this daily devotional with a name of Jesus Christ we haven't covered. The name is the Son of Man. During His time on this earth, the name Jesus used for Himself the most was the Son of Man. It is used over 80 times in the Gospels. Son of Man comes from a prophecy given to Daniel where the future eternal sovereign rule of Jesus Christ is foretold. (Daniel 7:13-14) Jesus uses this name to emphasizes both His humanity and His humiliation as our suffering Servant (Matthew 20:28; Philippians 2:6-8), as well as His deity and eternal glorified state. (Matthew 25:31-32, 26:62-65; Revelations 1:12-18).

Why did Jesus call Himself the Son of Man so much? It is the name that tells the story of His great love for us - the One True God leaving eternity, letting go of His rights as God (not His deity) to become a Man, and for the joy of us being with Him, He endured the cross. (Hebrews 12:2) Yes, it is truly a beautiful and true tale with a happily ever after ending that takes place only because of the One True God and His love for us! What are your feelings about the name Son of Man? The name makes me want to love my God even more. How about you?

After studying about the One True God, explain in a short paragraph how you feel about Him now.

Since we have reached the end of this daily devotional. Please take a few days and review what you have learned about the One True God. Answer these questions:

  1. List as many characteristics and names of God as you can remember, and state why they have encouraged you or meant a lot to you. (The devotional covered 24 characteristics and 12 names of God, and a few others with less detail.)
  2. List three facts about God that you didn't know and enjoyed learning.
  3. Thinking of Who God is, and what He has done for you - list five ways you in turn can love and serve Him?

Please keep on getting to know and love the One True God (Who loves us beyond human reason) from His Word, the Bible! It is a life long journey that I have been on now for over 45 years ... and don't regret a moment of it. I want to thank you for hanging in there with me. It took a desire to know God to persevere through 33 days of my writings. See you in heaven before our God!


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