Praise The Lord. It is Sunday evening and I am blessed to rejoice and repose in a singular thought: The Lord is my Shepherd. Jesus said of Himself, "I am the Good Shepherd". He alone is able to care for each one of us with our individual needs. I am so grateful that Jesus knows who I am and what I need and when I need it. I can truly say that without Him, I would be lost. He found me. He loved me. He saved me. He keeps on taking care of me, even in my waywardness. He always searches for me. He always brings me back to Him.
I was pretty hurt today, puzzled by the circumstances of my life, unsure of where My Shepherd stood on the issues I cried out to Him about. Our God is so patient. He never scolded me; He waited until I could stop talking to listen to His voice. In God's house, I was reminded by His mercies that are renewed every morning, His daily faithfulness, my need to dedicate my whole life to Him according to Romans 12:1-2, "And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you" (The Living Bible). Because of His mercy, I owe Him everything.
As I thought on this, I broke into praise, my heart was broken as I thought on how good God has been to me and my lack of joy because of "some trials". God Our Shepherd is not asleep and He is present and He is everywhere. He is watching over His sheep-everyone of us. He is ready to aid us, help us, strengthen us, and always keeps us. This is the grace and mercy of our Good Shepherd. I am called to dedicate my whole body to Him. I am also called to differentiate my life from the world because of His mercy.
I can not be a part of this world after what Jesus did for me dying on the cross for my sins and yours too. God in His great mercy, sent His only begotten Son, so whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life", John 3:16. God's mercy saved and redeemed us from sin and a burning and everlasting hell! What do I owe God? My life and... My allegiance. I pledge allegiance to Jesus, to obey Him and to to be devoted to Him. "Lord, please help me to obey'! This is loving God. Moving away from this sinful world and clinging to Him and His heavenly kingdom is the only choice before us. Loving Him and hating this world must be done to be His alone.cWr cannot serve two masters Jesus said. We must "love one and hate the other".
The Lord Our Shepherd is dedicated to us. May we keep our fidelity to Him like never before in these desperate times. He will be our guide to the end of time . "Lord, thank you for being my Shepherd.
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