There is a story circulating recently of a sheep called Baarack, that was rescued and had not been shone for many years. When rescued about 77 pounds of fleece was taken off. I could not help but think about and compare human beings in the spiritual realm, to how hopeless and helpless we are as sheep. We are very dependent on food, water, air, sunshine and basically everything!
I know there are those who feel they make their own way and don’t need anyone for life’s bounties. But the bible tells us it is ‘in Him we live, and move, and have our being.’ Without the Lord we are or would be bound by sin just as Baarack was engulfed through the years of neglect and accumulation of wool. It is a perfect example of what happens when there is no shepherd for the sheep. Jesus knew the signs of neglected sheep … “when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36) “My people are lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray, causing them to roam the mountains. They have wandered from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place.” (Jeremiah 50:6)
Reading the 23 Psalm we get to see what a Good Shepherd is like. When you have a good shepherd, you are fed, and your water is sure. You are not left alone to wander down the wrong path. And not to fear, because we all, like sheep have wander away from our faithful Shepherd. He will leave the herd just for YOU to bring you back to the fold. In hostile situations when death is looming your faithful shepherd is there to comfort you and assures a peaceful resting place in His presence.
God loves and cares for us individually as His sheep. Submit yourself to the constant care of Christ and He will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. -Capestre