The Shepherd and the Sheep

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” 
– Psalms 23:1-3 (ESV)

Do you ever wonder where life is going? What path you’re supposed to take? What God is saying about where and what you should do? I do. I wonder these things all the time. Especially as I’m in the middle of moving to another state, changing colleges, and getting a new job. Making the decision to move was one of the easiest and hardest things I’ve ever done. It included a lot of prayer and a huge leap of faith.

The Bible says that God is our Shepherd. A shepherd guides and tends to sheep. The shepherd will lead them in the directions to go, where there will be more grass, water, and things they need.

The Holy Spirit is the communicator for God. When God is leading us and guiding us a new way, He communicates to us through the Holy Spirit and prayer. The Holy Spirit helps God guide us, His sheep. The passage above talks about this perfectly. Just like sheep, we are led to where we need to go. He leads us besides still waters, in green pastures, and restores our soul. But He also leads us into places that can be scary and test us.

Psalms 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (ESV)

Sometimes we are led in places that can be scary, but we are told in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good for those who love and follow God. All of our paths are woven together to work for good and God’s glory.

No matter what happens, God is leading and guiding us, we are only told to listen and follow. Are you listening to where God is guiding you through the Holy Spirit? I hope you are – it’s truly an amazing thing.

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