Yesterday as I was flying to New York I was looking at photos that I had saved on my iPad. I love some of Ace Reid’s Western style clips. This one relates to me because I have done it, and you probably have as well. You look everywhere for something only to find it right under your nose. My wife is kind of an exception to this. She always finds things that I can’t.
As believers in Jesus we often do the same thing often. Most of the problems we have in life we create ourselves. So many are in financial straits today because of not following the Bible’s formula in the stewardship of money. Many have health difficulties because of overeating and not taking care of their bodies.
Spiritual coldness is widespread because our relationship with our Savior is stale. A sinful way of life like before we were saved will creep up on us if left unchecked. Our desires become earth-bound and personal and without concern for anyone else. Poor decisions are then made which just make the problem even bigger.
We are never promised in this world that we will be without problems and troubles. In fact, we are to expect them; but a lot of the difficulties we have are not trials at all, but stupid rebellious decisions on our part. I’m thankful that when Jesus said “it is finished” that it included stupid on our part.
A few years ago I raised 50 sheep so that I could experience being a shepherd. Christians are called Jesus sheep because we act just like the animals by the same name. They are the dumbest larger animal I’ve ever raised. It is bad when a hog is easier to raise than a sheep. It is real work to be a shepherd and to keep your sheep all together and healthy.
Fortunately for us our safety and care is in the hands of our mighty Shepherd, Jesus. He assures us:
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.
We can’t become something that we aren’t. Once a sheep, we will always be a sheep. Within every flock are some good sheep. Even within my flock there were some very obedient ones. As believers we should grow in grace and obedience as we follow our Shepherd. Won’t you follow Him more closely today???
Something to think about on this lovely Monday in Manhattan.
Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,