Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This picture reminds me of the book"A Shepherd looks at Psalm 23," by Philip Keller. Also "Travels with Charley, a book by John Steinbeck. A shepherd lives with the sheep, which is not a good thing since sheep are dirty, nervous, skittish, and helpless creatures. It give us a picture of what we must be like in God's perspective.

Thankfully, because of His great love for us, our Good Shepherd sees past our character, to see who we will be. He carefully lifts us from danger, brushes our "fur" to get the bugs out, and sets us by cool waters. I thought that being likened to sheep was a good thing, but I was really wrong! I remember how disappointed I was when I read about this! My thoughts were of cute little wooly lambs sauntering beside a pastoral lane.  Oh, how beautiful, but that's not the message at all.

Ok, Let me rethink this. God loves us enough that He looks past our sin, to save us, and then He works out our stuff. Those issues that don't look anything like Him, so that we can display His glory to others who still have their stuff. Now that makes sense, in a way that only God can make right.

"Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!  { Romans 5:9-10, HCSB}

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