In 2021 we are going to need the guidance of God.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,” – John 10:14
Shepherd verb – to guide, to help, to take care of, to lead, providing for
Jesus fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy about our need for Him:
“All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” – Isaiah 53:6
Jesus describes His role as the Good Shepherd who has sacrificial love for us. – John 10:11-18
From yesterday’s reading:
“’And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’” – Matthew 2:6 (sources Micah 5:2 2 Samuel 5:2)
Jesus following the example of Father God who describes Himself as the Good Shepherd in Ezekiel 34:11-16 (continues through verse 31 Good Shepherd bringing about the covenant of peace)
God the Holy Spirit is our guide in truth.
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.” – John 14:16-17
Why should I trust God?
What’s the outcome if we follow the guidance of God?
Psalm 23 describes the soul at rest when the Lord is our shepherd.
Are we supposed to respond?
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” – James 4:8
“’For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord.” – Jeremiah 29:11-14
“Stay close to me and I will stay close to you.” – John 15:4 in my love, obey my words
What do we learn?
- God is available to us as a guide.
- The guidance of God will include direction, provision, and good health.
What should we do?
- Ask ourselves if we are following the guidance of God.
- Change course as needed.
- Daily conversation with God, including reading, meditation, and listening.
- Share the journey.