Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Daily devotional: God is our Shepherd

Scripture
Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day...
Genesis 48:15 NIV

Observation
Jacob's analogy to God being his shepherd was especially meaningful since he and his ancestors were themselves shepherds. While I cannot fully appreciate the analogy of God being our shepherd, I realize it means that He cares fully for each of us, and that we are like sheep who need guidance, protection, and leadership. Our Shepherd looks after us and rescues us from our own shortcomings and poor decisions. He has our best interests at heart.

Application
Thank God for being my shepherd! Follow Him and trust in Him, knowing that He has my best interests in mind.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for being my Shepherd. Thank you for rescuing me from danger, from my own ignorance and shortcomings. Thank you for leading me to sustenance, for calling me to Yourself. Thank you for caring for me. I love you!

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