Kia ora Cambridge Baptist and friends,
Being under lock down has certainly reminded us of our wants, and by looking at the long lines outside McDonald’s yesterday takeaways seems to be high up the list for many New Zealanders, but my devotion begins with a promise if the Lord is our shepherd we will not want. That is the place where God wants to bring us all. He wants us to be dependent upon Him, to need Him alone and to be satisfied in all that he is, but sometimes we get so enamoured with the idea that God is as our shepherd, we fail to recognise if God is leading us as our shepherd then by analogy we are his sheep. To be frank I don’t like that analogy, because sheep are not the most flattering of animals. Having worked on a sheep farm when I was a student, I can tell you beyond a doubt that sheep are the most stupid animals on the face of the earth. They are dumb, dirty and they are timid and defenseless and helpless. They literally do not know enough to come in out of the rain. So to have God tell me I am a sheep is a bit hurtful. But if I am really honest with myself, I know it is true. I know that I lack wisdom and strength. I'm inclined to make poor if not self-destructive decisions at times. Isaiah said it best: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6).
I know my tendency to go my own way and do my own thing. That's me. I'm a sheep. And if Jesus Christ is to be my shepherd, I have to admit that I need one. It is difficult, but that is where we must start. Once we admit that need, we discover the truth of what David is saying that we shall not want - why because our shepherd becomes the source of our wisdom, strength and direction.
Lord, though we are sheep who are prone to wander, come and be our shepherd today. Bring us to that place where we can say, “The Lord is my shepherd I will not want”