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Shulanda J. Hastings

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Shulanda J. Hastings is an inspirational writer, Christian counselor and an ambassador to the faith-based community; helping them break mental health barriers. She is the author of the Beauty of My Thorns novel series and of the memoirs, Keeping My Faith While Saving My Mind.

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God as Our Shepherd

Devotional Reading: John 10:11-18

Highlighted Text –  Psalm 23

Key Verse –  “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).

Do you know how much God cares for you?  If I asked you how much does God love you, more than likely you would be able to give an answer with confidence. You would probably give the greatest example of His love by describing the awesome sacrifice that God made through His son Jesus. This sacrifice always illustrates how much God cares about every detail of your life and welfare. Just like a good parent does. A parent’s role is to take care of his or her children even when the child doesn’t want to be taken care of. In a very similar manner, a shepherd is like a parent. A shepherd is responsible for caring for the sheep; providing food, water, direction, and protection. Let us explore how God serves as our shepherd.

God as Shepherd (Psalm 23:1-4)

King David, the former young shepherd boy, is the writer of this psalm. It was natural for him to be able to describe God as a shepherd because it was an occupation or responsibility that David was very familiar with. David knew the important role that a shepherd has and what the daily work entailed. So, when he boldly declared in the first verse that “The LORD is my shepherd” he was acknowledging that God cares about him so much that He will not only supply his needs but that God also protects him during dangerous times and guides him back on the right path when his steps are out of order.

Point to ponder:  Do you walk in the assurance that God is truly your shepherd?

Guests in God’s House (Psalm 23:5-6)

David declares that he not only knows God to be his shepherd, but he has also experienced the goodness and kindness of God. God takes care of his needs and does so abundantly. God is so faithful that David is assured that he is victorious even in death.

Reflection

Isn’t it a good feeling to know that you have people who care about you? Just to know that someone wants to know you are doing well, concerned if you are homeless or hungry gives you a sense of belonging or connection. But honest confessions will admit that people are not always reliable in this area. You have someone who knows the public and private concerns you have, as well as, the present and future needs you will have. God cares about you even when it appears that you have stopped caring about yourself. Sometimes you act like a dumb sheep who has gone astray, but the good news is you have a Shepherd who will come after you!

Prayer

Father God, we thank you for being our Shepherd! We take the time today to intentional think about the ways in which you care for us. Let us be continuously reminded that we don’t have to want for anything because you graciously want to satisfy us. LORD let us crave for the things you want for us today. God we thank you for restoring us in areas of lack, for leading us back in the right direction, for being with us in our low and lofty places, for keeping us from harm and danger and comforting us through the process. We appreciate your goodness and mercy and for allowing us a place at your table.

In JESUS name, Amen.

 


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