'I am the good shepherd.' John 10:11 NIV
In Bible times (and actually still in some regions today), a shepherd had a very close relationship with his flock: he kept them safe and led them to places where they could eat and drink. He cared about the whole flock yet knew each individual sheep.
At the beginning of Psalm 23, David says: 'The Lord is my shepherd' (Psalm 23:1 NIV). By saying this, he was affirming that he had an intimate relationship with God. He goes on to say, 'I lack nothing', and then worshipped God for leading, caring for and protecting him.
In the New Testament, Jesus said 'I am the good shepherd' (John 10:11 NIV). He says to each one of us: 'Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they' (Matthew 6:25-26 NIV)?
Wherever we go throughout our day and our lives, we have a shepherd, a personal provider: Jesus is looking out for us and after us. He cares for us an individuals with individual needs, and desires to have a close and unique relationship with each of us.
So what now? Read through Psalm 23 and Matthew 6:25-34 sometime today. The promises in these passages are for you, so you need not fear. You have a personal provider!
Soulfood: Jer 18-21 Matt 1:1-25 Ps 59:1-8 Pro 14:21-22,