God is our Shepherd
God cares for us as a shepherd cares for his sheep. Sheep need constant care. They wander off. They get lost. They are defenseless prey to many other animals. A shepherd guards his sheep against danger. A shepherd defends his sheep against the world. A shepherd keeps watch of his sheep. When one sheep wanders off the shepherd drops everything to go and find it and bring it back to safety. A shepherd cares about the smallest details regarding the wellbeing of his sheep.
This is how our God loves us. He not only knows about the details of our lives. He cares about them.
Isaiah 40:11 speaks of God as our Shepherd, “He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.”
Jeremiah 31:10, “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over His flock like a shepherd.”
John 10:11- 15, “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, He abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know Me just as the Father knows me and I know the Father and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
And of course, Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
He comforts us, guides us, knows us and loves us. Our God is the Good Shepherd.