Today’s Scripture: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:1-2

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Can you honestly say that? God is with us – providing, guiding, protecting. What else do we need? He provides sustenance with green pastures and still waters. What else do sheep need? “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) He has promised to supply all our needs. He may not provide everything we want, but anything we need, He will provide. We are commanded, “Having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Timothy 6:8)

He also promises to lead us. He leads us to the still waters, but sometimes, we must walk through “the valley of the shadow of death.” But we don’t need to fear because He is with us. He guides us with His rod and staff – they are a comfort to us even though they may be used to correct and guide us back into the fold.

The Good Shepherd will also protect us. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) A good shepherd is willing to endanger his own life to save his sheep. If a wild animal or thief threatens the sheep, the shepherd will protect them.

However, though the shepherd works to provide, lead, and protect the sheep, he is still the shepherd. He should be the one in control. The sheep, though served by the shepherd, are under him. They have no control over where the shepherd leads. The shepherd leads where he will, and the sheep are to follow.

The LORD is the Shepherd. We are the sheep. Yet many times, we tell God to follow us. We want certain things and want God to agree with us, rather than allow Him to lead in our lives. Let’s remember He is the One Who should be leading, and we need to follow Him.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder