Tuesday 14 June 2022 – Transformed week 5

Psalm 23:1a,4 (NIV)

(1) The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (4) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

When I was in India, I remember being with Suzie Hodgson and we noticed the sheep and the goats.  What struck us was that they looked so similar, it was hard to tell which were sheep and which were goats.  It was so very different to sheep and goats in Australia (a revelation of what Revelation means when God will one day separate the sheep and the goats).

However, here was this Indian shepherd calling to them, walking with them, guiding them as they walked together being moved to another location of pasture. 

God is not a harsh person. He loves and cares for us. The Bible takes everyday images and helps us to relate them to our lives.  Sometimes, not living in that scenery (but in Sydney) makes it more challenging to understand, with no agriculture around us but with cars, jobs, busyness, etc..  Sometimes it is hard to visualise the Bible and its meaning.  It helps me to visualise this Shepherd in India and how he cared for and led his flock.

God wants to guide us and comfort us and protect us.  Like a shepherd who walks with his sheep, He wants to walk with you and I daily.  He wants to protect us and guide us.  His promise is that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Prayer:  Lord I thank you that no matter what our journey looks like, you are committed to walk with us.  Your word has promised that we need not be afraid because you are close to us – you walk beside us through all our journey.  Thank you Jesus that you are committed to protecting and comforting us in the midst of our circumstances.  Help us Lord Jesus to know your presence with us.  Amen.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

4 replies
  1. Sam S says:

    Such a key image that we Christians need to get our heads (and hearts) around – God as our Shepherd – thanks for the devotional Ps Sue!

  2. Suzie Hodgson says:

    I totally remember this scene Sue! It is completely different from our experience here, knowing that the shepherd is the leader and protector gives so much comfort .. we are not left to make our own way alone through life.


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