We all have wandered away like sheep. Each of us has gone his own way. But the Lord has put on him the punishment for all the evil we have done. Isaiah 53:6
Do you remember Psalm 23:1? Recite it! Just like that verse, our verse for this week compares us to sheep. You should know a few things about sheep:
1. Sheep are not that smart.
What animals do you see doing tricks at the circus? Elephants? Monkeys? Lions? Do you ever see sheep? Not usually, because most sheep are not smart enough to learn tricks. Well, like sheep, sometimes we don’t act very smart either. We choose to go our own way instead of choosing to follow God’s plan for us. Have you ever gotten into trouble and thought to yourself, Why did I do that? You did that because you made a not-so-smart choice and went your own way instead of God’s way.
2. Sheep do not know where they are going.
Sheep often get lost because they have no idea where to go unless they follow the shepherd. Once they get lost, they end up wandering around. We are like this too. If we are not following God, we will be totally lost. Can you think of some ways you can be sure to follow God’s direction for you?
3. Sheep have no way to protect themselves.
Many animals have ways to defend themselves from enemies; think about dogs, cats, porcupines, bees, and skunks. But what about sheep? They don’t have any way to protect themselves—no sharp teeth or claws, no quills or stingers, not even a stinky smell! We can’t protect ourselves from our enemy either. We need Jesus, our Shepherd, to protect us.
Just like sheep, we sometimes do not make smart choices, we don’t know where we are going, and we have no way to defend ourselves. But “the Lord has put on him the punishment for all of the evil we have done.” This means that Jesus took our punishment and died for us, and now He is guiding and protecting us.
Dear Jesus, I know sometimes I do not make good choices, and I choose to go my way instead of Your way. Please forgive me. Thank You for taking my sin so that I can have You as my Shepherd forever. Amen.
Let God’s Word work through you this week!
God’s Word is for me and to me, it is in me and working through me, and just like His love, it goes on and on forever!