The Lord Our Shepherd Led Her Out of a Deep Pit
Sheep are mentioned in the Bible more than any other animal. Symbolically, they refer to God’s people. All the sheep that belong to the Lord our Shepherd are of one flock.
God has many names. Each one describes an attribute of His character. A favorite name is Yahweh-Rohi – The Lord Our Shepherd. Here is the description of the relationship our God wants with us.
The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want (Psalm 23:1).
What a beautiful picture of the rest we have in Him.
Are you stressed today? Rest in the green pastures of the Lord Our Shepherd. Find hope as He restores your soul.
Sheep Will Go Astray
The Lord our Shepherd tells us in Isaiah 53:6 that most sheep will go astray and follow their own way. Are you a stubborn sheep, straying on the wrong path? In need of guidance and correction? A shepherd’s rod redirects and corrects the sheep. The staff is used to lift and restore the sheep. Trust and hope in the Good Shepherd to lead you out of the pit of despair. Like He did for me.
I once traveled on the wrong path. This misguided search led me into a painful journey of drug addiction and life in a motorcycle gang. I was a stubborn sheep that got caught up in a violent gang war and became a broken victim. Crippling bullets forever changed my life.
Eventually, I encountered the hope and healing of God’s transforming love. A victorious life in Him is meant to be lived on the paths of righteousness and not in the past.
Trust the Lord Our Shepherd
Like sheep, we need only to trust the Lord our Shepherd and follow Him. We need Jesus, our Good Shepherd to lead and guide us, to care for us, and to protect us from the enemy. What contentment and sufficiency we can have in Him.
Yahweh-Rohi lead me home. He lovingly rubbed the healing oil on my broken and wounded body and heart. The Lord our Shepherd knew my needs. He restored me, picked me up when I fell, and strengthened me in my weakness. Now that is a love I can trust!
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. John 10:27-28 (NJKV)
Maureen Hager is an author, speaker, and blogger. Her passion lies in empowering women to receive hope and healing from their brokenness through the love of God. Her testimony of deliverance and restoration has impacted women of all ages. Her book, Love’s Bullet is available Fall, 2017.
Maureen’s Website: www.MaureenHager.com
Read her traumatic life story here: https://maureenhager.wordpress.com/about/my-story/
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Read about more true stories of God’s tender mercies: Hope Lives Here and God Is Good All The Time: Inspirational Bly Books