David’s description of the Shepherd in the 23rd Psalm who cares for and loves His sheep, is a fitting illustration of the Messiah’s love and care for His sheep, who He came to redeem.
Sheep are undoubtably the dumbest and most helpless of all animals. Unable to care for themselves, they will soon perish without the attentive care of a good shepherd. Sheep cannot find food or water for themselves; they must be led to green pastures and cool waters. Very often sheep will fall and turn upside down with their hooves pointing into the air. Unless the Shepherd comes to their rescue and turns them right side up, they will die. David referred to this frequent event as being “cast down.”
Psalms 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
On four occasions, David asks of his own soul; why are you cast down?
Psalms 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
David had apparently seen the sheep many times in this precarious position with their feet pointed up into the air—hopeless, and helpless unless he came as their shepherd and turned them right side up. This reminded him of those times when his own heart was discourage—turned upside down, and God came as his Shepherd to give him hope and help. Continue reading “How Greatly You Are Loved”
The Book of Genesis contains an incredible story of the faithfulness of God. Joseph, who is hated by his brothers, is cast into a well and later picked up by Midian slave traders. He is sold to Potiphar in the Pharaoh of Egypt’s service and spends many years in great trials.
Back at home, Joseph’s father; Jacob, is told by the brothers who threw him into the well, that Joseph is dead; killed by a wild beast. Immediately Jacob begins to accept the worst and grieve for his son. Continue reading “The Danger of Believing the Worst”
Matthew 28:20 “…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Hebrews 13:5 …For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
We have a wonderful Savior who is also our Great High Priest. He ever lives to make intercession for us before the Father. His current role is that of a mighty intercessor who is actively involved in the personal lives of everyone who is trusting in Him.
Those who follow Jesus have a unique relationship with Him. Even in the most painful and difficult moments of life, Jesus is with us in all our distress. When the Lord suffered so greatly, as He was scourged and crucified, Isaiah wrote that it was for all of our afflictions that He was afflicted. It was by His own suffering for us that the Lord was able to remove our suffering forever. This will ultimately be accomplished at His return for us at the Rapture, when we are all taken from this world to be with Him forever. Until that day, Jesus is here with us in all our present suffering.
Continue reading “Jesus Will Never Leave You or Forsake You”
When Jesus came to earth to inhabit the body of a man, it was for the purpose of becoming one of us, thereby qualifying Him to be the Savior of all people. Before Jesus offered His life, He counted the cost of the sacrifice that He was going to make. He knew ahead of time that it would involve the laying aside of many of His former rights and privileges as the God of the universe. All these things, He knew beforehand and He was willing to do, because He loves us all so very much.
For 33½ years, Jesus placed himself in total obedience to the Father on our behalf, as a man. It was necessary that He be tested in every area that all of us are tested. It was necessary that He would feel every pain and emotion which we all feel as human beings. We can have great confidence and comfort today in knowing that we have a Savior who understands us. He knows what it is like to be human and He is therefore able to help us in all our trials and difficulties.
If you have experienced difficult moments during your life, which caused you great despair and suffering, Jesus understands your pain. He is able to offer relief and comfort for your broken heart and tormented mind. If you have been tempted by sin and failed, Jesus understands—for He was tempted in all things, yet never sinned. He is able to exercise great compassion and tenderness towards us when we sin and fail over and over again. He does understand how you feel when the guilt and regrets of past mistakes take hold of your heart. Jesus will always show mercy and forgiveness to you when you come to Him humbly with your sin and are ready to repent and be forgiven. Even before the words are spoken: “I am sorry Lord,” He has already begun the healing process for your brokenness. Jesus will always receive you and is always ready to forgive you and set you back on a path of blessing, if you will only come to Him.
Jesus’ obedience to the Father allowed us to have the opportunity to be forgiven when we fail to be obedient. He marked out a path of righteousness for us to follow. He offers strength to the weary and guidance to the lost. His mercy is greater than all of your sins and His forgiveness stretches to the heavens.
In this world, we will have trouble. This is a fact of life that is well know to anyone who has lived upon the earth. There will be great times of difficulties, heartache, and sorrow. We often find that the very things we waited and wanted for such a great number of years–do not satisfy us, once we obtain them. As the years pass, many people lose hope and become filled with despair. Others are overcome with sadness and depression–finding their despair nearly impossible to overcome.
We were not created to endure suffering and sorrow. We do not have the capacity to endure tremendous times of stress. When our failures and disappointments mount up–many people find it difficult to go on. Science and Psychology has been able to help the physical man but they are helpless to heal the wounds of the soul. Continue reading “When the Lord is My Shepherd”