Musings on God’s Word
So here we are again looking forward to Sunday and looking back at what the week has done for us or to us. Over coffee, the other day we were talking about how events and decisions impact our lives and whether or not we learn from the events & decisions or we go on to make the same mistakes again even after a bad outcome. Of course, some events are beyond our control while the decisions we make are ours alone and the results are ours to accept and learn from or repeat.
I read a story recently, about a shepherd who while looking after his sheep decided to move them to a better area but it required crossing a fast moving creek. Sheep abhor water, particularly that is moving, so no matter how hard the shepherd tried the sheep would not cross the creek. Finally the shepherd had an idea and he picked up one of the lambs, carried it across the creek, and within no time the Ewe followed after her lamb and the rest of the sheep followed her.
Our Shepherd is, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ and the difficulties we face in life should cause us to seek the shepherd’s guidance and more importantly, even before we make the decision.
- “I (Jesus) am the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”
That life eternal has been given to us through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. That sacrifice has given us eternal life if we only believe. Just believing is not the end of it though. We need to follow through in our actions, and trust the Lord to carry us through all the aspects of life. Good! Bad! or Indifferent!. Trust and Faith are the keys to following our “Shepherd” You are all familiar with the Lord’s Prayer,
- The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
- He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
- He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
- Yea, 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.
- You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
- I (Jesus) am the good shepherd, and know my sheep and am known of mine.
Again we see that our relationship with the Lord Jesus is Shepherd and sheep.
1 Peter 5:4
- And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that does not fade away.
So here we have it in a nutshell. Believe in the Good Shepherd and thou shalt be saved, Trust in the Good Shepherd and your life will survive the “potholes” and continue in Faith to the end to reap the “crown of glory” that will be ours when we enter our heavenly peace with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Now I’m sure many of you like me can honestly say that beyond the simple act of faith much of what scripture tells us and much of what happens to us will only be made clear when we meet our Savior face to face.
A hymn that speaks to the matter is titled “God Leads Us Along”
When: Sunday Jan 22, 2022
10:00 am Breaking of Bread
10:15 am Fellowship Time
11:00 am Family Bible Hour
Speaker: Mark Andrade
Note: Mark asks us to read Mark 5 at least 3 time
See you all on Sunday