Day 10 | The Shepherd King
Reading: Micah 5:1-6
Animals show up a lot in the Bible—sheep, specifically. In fact, one of the main ways the Bible talks about the people of God is by calling them God’s flock, or sheep, or by referring to God or Jesus as the shepherd. Maybe at first mention, the analogy isn’t that impressive to you. Shepherding wasn’t the highest job you could get on the corporate totem pole, and if you’ve ever been around sheep, they aren’t all that interesting. But what we often miss in the analogy of the shepherd is the level of care, leadership, and protection that is necessary to be a shepherd.
The key promise for us from Micah 5 is that those who belong to the Shepherd shall “dwell secure.” With Jesus as our Shepherd, we can have confidence in his care, his leadership, and that he will not let us go. Jesus says that he does not lose anyone that Father gives him (John 6:39). But rather than trusting and following Jesus as our Shepherd, we often look to other people, things, and even to ourselves to be our shepherds. The great problem with these substitute shepherds is that there is no security there—they can’t make the promises Jesus makes. As we’re preparing to celebrate the coming of Jesus, probe your heart to see if your eyes are set on the Good Shepherd as the one who leads you, cares for you, and watches over you.
Question: Read Psalm 23. How does this Psalm offer comfort to us as we follow our Good Shepherd, Jesus?