TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, April 20, 2020:
One who takes care of sheep; one who leads or guides sheep; one who escorts with great vigilance.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In ancient times, shepherds had a special relationship with their flocks. Being a shepherd was not a 9 to 5 job. Shepherds spent all day with the animals, guiding their paths, feeding them food and water, protecting them from danger, and corralling those that went astray. At night, they led them to the sheep pen where they would be safe and they watched over them.
Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for survival. The shepherd had to be constantly alert, day and night, to protect his sheep from wild animals that would devour them. The shepherd was the sheep’s constant companion, to the extent that the animals actually grew to recognize the shepherd’s voice and therefore would respond to his call.
God is often portrayed in scripture in ways that are easy for us to understand. One of the best-known passages of Scripture in the Bible does just this. It portrays God as the good shepherd who is constantly watching over us each and every day and night, His hopeless sheep. David, as a young boy was a shepherd: In this passage, David acknowledges his position as a wandering sheep under the direction of the Great Shepherd. Out in the fields God was David’s sole companion.
David rejoices that he is part of the Lord’s “flock” and God is such a gracious and loving guide. Because God continually gave His assurance to David that He was protecting him and guiding him, David could proclaim, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me” (verse 4).
David made this remarkable statement because he had experienced life-threatening situations and God had protected him. He could rest in the confidence that God would be with him through every ordeal he faced and trusted God to safely lead him to green pastures of blessing and rest.
God knows you and me just like He knew David, just as a shepherd knows his flock. Thank Him today for allowing you to graze in the pasture of His blessing.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Matthew 12:35.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.
Thank You for being my shepherd and my daily guide. Thank You for protecting me and my family from the “wolves” of this world. Continue to be with me as I walk through the deep valleys of life and lead me to green pastures of blessing.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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