Flock of sheep in the wilderness

Lists – In Life’s Desperate Seasons

I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. (John 10:14 NKJV)

Jesus used an illustration that His contemporaries would readily relate to. We too, as Christians, are His sheep. And we are to follow our Good Shepherd with trust, wherever He leads us, because only He knows the path to life.

In the desolate seasons of life, we need to picture our Shepherd leading us.

  • Do you see a rock in your path? Jesus removes it so you don’t stumble.
  • Is the rock a boulder? Jesus smooths it and extends His hands to help us over it, gently placing us on the other side.
  • If we fall and become like a lame sheep, our Good Shepherd lifts us into His velvet-strong arms, placing us close to Him—held in heaven and earth’s safest spot.
  • Do you see a bottomless pit of despair? Jesus stretches Himself across the chasm and gives us safe passage to the virescent field beyond.
  • Is there darkness ahead of you? Jesus leads us through it because the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5 ESV).
  • Does confusion muddle your mind and your way? Jesus takes your face in His holy hands and gives you His peace.
  • Are you veering off course? He uses His “velvet hammer” of a staff to correct our wanderings.

Jesus, as the Good Shepherd, humbled Himself on the cross. He protected us with His life, and He bids His sheep (us!) to trust Him for everything. He laid down His life for us, and He continues to safeguard us as He intercedes for us daily, hourly, and yes, moment by moment.

– Lisa Baker (Kibler), “Beyond Desolation”

*This quotation comes from Feed Your Soul with the Word of God, Collection 1 (Buford, Georgia: Lighthouse Bible Studies, 2019), 79-80.  

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