Join our study and walk through the Bible with us.

Latest topics
» Blooming in the Right Spot By Tim Gustafson
Today at 3:16 pm by LesBrewer

» Mercy over Judgement By Kirsten Holmberg
Yesterday at 4:36 pm by LesBrewer

» Who was Billy Graham?
Yesterday at 11:40 am by LesBrewer

» Buckling Up! By Bill Crowder
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:22 pm by LesBrewer

» "Lifted Up!" with Kevin Batista
Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:15 pm by LesBrewer

» Of Spiders and God's Presence By Adam Holz
Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:28 pm by LesBrewer

» Acts 10:32-33
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:17 am by clark thompson

» The Great Physician By Mart DeHaan
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:45 pm by LesBrewer

» Despair Not.....
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:58 pm by LesBrewer

» Not Enough? By Lisa Samra
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:30 am by LesBrewer

» Why is life not fair?
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:05 pm by LesBrewer

» Courage to Be Faithful By Keila Ochoa
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:31 am by LesBrewer

» Transition News By Ray Ritchie
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:22 am by LesBrewer

» Fleeing to Strength By James Banks
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:41 am by LesBrewer

» Is there meaning in tragedy
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:47 pm by LesBrewer

February 2018
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728   

Calendar Calendar

Location Map
Bible Search
Search the Bible:


Examples: Psalm 27; John 15
love one another; Psalm 23

WEEKLY WISDOM

You are not connected. Please login or register

The Good Shepherd By Amy Boucher Pye

Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

1 The Good Shepherd By Amy Boucher Pye on Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:46 am

LesBrewer

avatar
The Good Shepherd By Amy Boucher Pye





Read: Isaiah 40:6–11

He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart. Isaiah 40:11

I sat in the hospital room with my husband, waiting anxiously. Our young son was having corrective eye surgery and I felt the butterflies jostle in my stomach as I fretted and worried. I tried to pray, asking God to give me His peace. As I leafed through my Bible, I thought about Isaiah 40, so I turned to the familiar passage, wondering if anything fresh would strike me.
As I read, I caught my breath, for the words from so many years ago reminded me that the Lord “tends his flock like a shepherd” as He “gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart” (v. 11). In that moment my anxiety left me as I realized the Lord was holding us, leading us, and caring for us. That was just what I needed, Lord, I breathed silently. I felt enveloped in God’s peace during and after the surgery (which thankfully went well).
The Lord promised His people through the prophet Isaiah that He would be their shepherd, guiding them in their daily lives and giving them comfort. We too can know His gentle tending as we tell Him our anxious thoughts and seek His love and peace. We know that He is our Good Shepherd, holding us close to His heart and carrying us in His everlasting arms.

Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. Thank You for the gift of Your sacrificial love and for the peace that passes all understanding.



The Good Shepherd cares for His sheep.


INSIGHT

Isaiah 40 starts a significant shift in the book of Isaiah, from grief and pronouncements of judgment for Israel’s sin, to a note of rock-solid comfort (v. 1), forgiveness, and healing—based entirely on God’s mercy and goodness. When the prophet wonders whether the people are too weak and fickle for this message, he is reminded that God’s restoration is not based on them, but only on God’s powerful word (v. 8).

In fact, Isaiah 40 is the first Old Testament text that explicitly articulates the theme of “good news” (v. 9) so important in the New Testament. This good news is that God’s powerful love in our lives does not depend on us. Despite our sin, we can always rely on our merciful God who will both tenderly care for us like a shepherd (v. 11) and, like a mighty warrior (v. 10), powerfully transform our lives.

In order to trust God with our deepest struggles, why do we need Him to be both tender like a shepherd and powerful like a warrior?

Monica Brands

Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum