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Sheep Knowing Their Shepherd

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

John 10:14-15

I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.

Our sheep got out one night…. Well they didn’t get out, they aren’t that smart, the gate was left open by accident, and they got out. As far as we could tell, they were out all night, but we weren't certain.

What we were thankful for was that they didn't really go past our house. They came right to the house and stayed near it.

Later I was telling my mom they got out and they stayed near the house, and she said it's probably because they know y’all are here and they were looking for the shepherd…My husband is generally that, but my oldest son feeds them so when they sheep see them, they get happy. But they come to each of us because they know who we are. But over all I would say either my husband or my oldest son is their shepherd.

When we go outside, they run to the gate because they want to see us. They stand at the fence waiting for us to pet them, feed them, or just talk to them. They want our attention.

To get them back in we got some food and called for them. They followed with no problem at all. They needed our guidance to get back to the pasture.

Another time I went out, and it was still early morning, sheep don't have great eye sight so they were unsure of who I was until I spoke to them. Then they knew they were ok.

Like sheep we have many wants and needs in the life and in our spiritual walk and sometimes we can not supply that for ourselves. God, our Shepherd, is the only one who can supply our spiritual needs and give us the provisions for the needs we have daily.

We are also meek in nature and we see and wait for guidance which again we can get from God our Shepherd. All we know and all we own come from our Good Shepherd.

God is our shepherd, and He cares for us in ways we don’t always see. We should eagerly await His return and run when we hear His voice.

Psalm 23:1-4

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

He lets me rest in green meadows he leads me beside peaceful streams.

He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths,

bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley,

I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

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