Friday, April 1st, 2016
Bad Ideas (Part 2)
We The Sheep?
Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He Who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Psalm 100:3 (NKJV)
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 (NKJV)
All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV)
We the sheep of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish God's Covenant for the United States of America.*
Imagine this creed as our American Christian commitment. But we've got one problem: We don't like to think of ourselves as sheep. On the plus side, sheep are social, seek the light and mind their shepherd. They are gentle, innocent, submissive and need man's protection.
On the other side, sheep aren't very smart and can wander away. They are fearful and have a tendency to follow other sheep. Without a good shepherd's guidance, they can even jump off a cliff. What high-achieving believer considers himself just a sheep?**
David! The person God described as 'A man after My Own Heart' (Acts 13:22). Israel's king said, 'The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want...' (Psalm 23:1). Even so, God clearly labels His children as sheep in His Word.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What do we do with this odd casting? It doesn't feel very flattering. We'd prefer to be called conquerors, God's chosen people and stars of light; His children and treasured possession.
But to reach such eminent titles, we must humble ourselves as His sheep.
To Be Continued...
* The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution actually reads: 'We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.'
** Psychology of Sheep: http://www.heraldmag.org/2004/04ja_8.htm
** Symbolism of sheep in Bible times and today, Smith's Bible Dictionary: http://biblehub.com/topical/s/sheep.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.