John 10:27-30 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”
Sheep are dumb.
Sheep will follow regardless of danger or peril. If one heads toward a cliff, others will follow. If one leads to a wolf’s mouth, others will follow.
One thing all sheep know is the voice of the shepherd.
They know his voice. They see the hand of the one who watches for their life. They have felt his hand of comfort as well as his correction.
If a sheep is known to stray away from the flock, the shepherd will correct that one and watch to see if they wander again. If they stray again, it is said, the shepherd will take the staff and break the lamb’s leg.
Though we may think it cruel, the shepherd then takes that lamb and places it on his shoulders. He will carry that little one wherever he goes. That lamb will is fed by the hand of the shepherd. He will sleep right next to the shepherd. He will be carried for as long as it takes for that lamb’s leg to heal.
The result is that little lamb learns that to be close to the shepherd is a position of closeness, protection, provision, and comfort.
My heart becomes soft to know that my Savior knows me. Knowing I can hear His voice as my Shepherd, is comforting. The eternal security given by our Heavenly Father is incredible. Every born-again, Bible-believing child of God has been placed into the hand of the Father, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and promised that no man would be able to pluck us out of His hand.
When I am corrected, I am comforted by His promise.
Hebrews 12:5-8 “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.”
It should be worrisome to the one, who after sinning, feels no guilt or shame, nor the correcting hand of God. Hebrews tells us that one is not God’s child; one of the flock of God.
Accepting the role as a lamb in God’s fold, we must acknowledge our insufficiency, our lack, and the inability to know what we do not know. In essence, we must be fully accepting of our role as a sheep in God’s fold.
When we hear the voice of the Shepherd, we have the opportunity to obey or rebel. His commands are sure. His desire is for us to experience His presence, His power, and glorify Him through it all.
With the COVID-19 virus pandemic, there have been worldwide restrictions placed on us. If we allow it, panic will set in, and some sheep will start heading away from the flock. The danger is that others will follow. We must remind ourselves just who is our Shepherd.
David tells us:
Psalm 23:1-3 “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
As sheep, we must acknowledge our Shepherd’s presence and power over our lives. He will supply our every need.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.“
We cannot and must not join in the wringing of hands and worry over what will happen. Our God is Sovereign and still in control. He knows every detail and can and will watch out for His own.
Let us fulfill our role as good sheep who obey their Shepherd.