“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father…” (John 10:14-15)
Jesus repeats it again, “I am the good shepherd,” as he stated in verse 11. Why would he have to repeat himself? The answer ought to be obvious to us, as much like children, we need to be reminded we are not the One in charge and to live the life to which God calls us. This Good Shepherd leads and guides us and corrects us when we go astray. Sometimes that correction, that reminder, can be painful, but we rest nonethless in the assurance that it comes from a loving, caring Shepherd, who seeks our greatest good–life in Him.
Lord, help me to remember who You are, that you are indeed the Good Shepherd. Help me to remember that I am the sheep, and I don’t control the days of my life. May I continually trust you, and may I be a sheep worthy of your calling. Amen.
Good Shepherd, I so easily presume to know the way I should go. May I always perceive Your leading me. Thank you that You have called me, that You know me and for the privilege of knowing You. I take You for granted so many times, Lord, help me to be grateful for Your willingness to stoop and lift me up in your loving arms. Amen.