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… My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. – John 10:14-15, 27-28
There are times when we just need a protector. It seems that on every turn there are enemies waiting to devour us. At times it even seems that our friends have forsaken us. At those times we must realize that Jesus is our shepherd protector.
Most of this tenth chapter of John is about Jesus as our shepherd. He starts off by talking about the sheep pen and that those who come into the sheep pen must come through the shepherd. All who come by any other way are thieves and have come to rob, kill and destroy (verse 10), but he contrasts himself with the thief by declaring, “I have come that they may have life; and have it to the full.”
Do not forget there is a destroyer who seeks to prevent you and I from the abundant life God offers through faith in Christ. Our Shepherd realizes the danger and will protect us as long as we stay in the sheep pen.
He fights our battles, destroys the destroyer and keeps us secure in his protectorate. He is the shepherd who protects the sheep, even to the giving of his own life.
He speaks and His sheep hear him – do you hear him?
Prayer: Lord, call me I’ll listen. I desire to be in your sheep pen under your protection. Thank you for the security of your loving guidance. Amen
Message: There is a destroyer who seeks to prevent you and I from the abundant life God offers through faith in Christ. Our Shepherd realizes the danger and will protect us as long as we stay in the sheep pen.
Affirmation: I have heard the voice of the Good Shepherd and have chosen to follow Him. He will protect me and give me life that is abundant.
Reflection: This devotion speaks of staying in the sheep pen. Give some thought to how a person stays in the pen. Is staying in the sheep pen a passive maneuver or is it an aggressive action?
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