Dumb Sheep

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments. Psalmns 119:26

All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6

Sheep, it is a wonder that our blessed God compares us to sheep all through out the holy scriptures. Did you know that sheep are the dumbest animal on the planet? No kidding here, they drown in water and have no problem walking right in. They would explode from overeating if someone wasn’t there to make them lie down to digest. They follow…. whoever, whatever, anytime. If one walks off the cliff, the rest have no problem following. When something attacks the group, instead of spreading out to make it harder to be caught, they huddle into a group becoming easy prey! ahhhhhhhhhh dumb sheep, they are their own worse enemy!

Sheep require a caretaker for their mere survival. Did you know that sheep could not exist or survive without a man to watch over them? They would be completely extinct. We like sheep, require a Caretaker. We need protection, not only from ourselves, but from the world around us. How often do we practice self destructive behavior? How often have we become our own worst enemy by living in guilt, bound up in chains of the past, or even failing to remember that we have a GOOD Shepard to watch over us.

Do we know His voice my friends? Are we familiar with His ways? His pastures? His rod? His staff?

The idea that Christ our Lord is a GOOD Shepard is so fascinating when we look at the role and place of a shepard over his sheep. Any good shepard knows to lead his sheep by still waters. (see Psalms 23) Why you might ask? Because sheep, easily drown, their fur becomes wet and heavy quickly. Still waters pose less of a threat to the sheep. The sheep, will only drink (well) from still waters. Water movement scares sheep….. to death!

Sheep cannot be left alone or they will get into all sorts of trouble. How thankful I am that our Shephard will never leave is or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) . Taken from Psalms 23, David writes that “Your rod and your staff the comfort me”. Interestingly each of these has a purpose. The rod, is for correction, the staff with its crocked head is for protection/direction. Wherever we are lead, be it over the mountain our through a valley, that has a shadow of death, we have nothing to fear! Because our Shepard is there with us for protection, direction and correction. A whole different study could be written on those 3 characteristics alone of our Shepard.

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. Matthew 18:12-14

Sheep, tend to wander. We are easily distracted by “shiny” things. How does the old hymn go? Prone to wander Lord I feel it Prone to leave the God I love. Fortunately, shepherds know their sheep well, by name in fact. Our Shepherd comes after us and rescues us from the brambles of life. An interesting picture is painted when the lost sheep is found. The shepherd breaks the sheep’s legs, and carries it. While the sheep is healing it my rest upon the shoulders of the shepherd. As it rests upon the shepherd’s shoulders the voice of the shepherd echos in its ears, so gentle, strong and true. By the time the sheep has healed it essentially has become one with its shepherd, and its desire to be near the shepherd has grown. Now the sheep longs for his voice, and knows it well.

How our God in heaven does all of this and more for us, His sheep. Do we trust and hope in Him, that He knows better.
When He rescues us from ourselves, from the world, from circumstance, do we take the time to know His voice? Or do we shut Him off? Whether you are on the mountain, or in the valley right now. Let God be the Shepherd of your life. Let Him protect, correct and guide you. Stop fighting with the brambles of life, and trying to find your own ways. There is something sweet, about full and complete surrender to the Maker. Letting go and letting God is the best choice I ever made. Is it fearful and uncertain at times, sure. Does it at times cost something, yes. It isn’t always easy, because we dont know all the details, but I can tell you, it is worth it.

Come into your Shepherds fold today, curl up at His feet, listen to His voice as He sings a glorious song over the plain. Enjoy the pasture He leads you to by the day. Sip the cool, still waters, and find your rest.

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