God is My Shepherd
His protection never fails me
by Joanne Troppello
Life is surreal lately. It may make you feel uncertain these days. However, I have peace. My faith in God gives me peace each day. I know in the end that God wins, and I’ll be spending eternity with Him in Heaven.
John 10:11 (NKJV) tells us:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”
Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins and give us the gift of salvation. I can rest in His promises that He cares for me like the good shepherd cares for His sheep and gives His life for them.
My favorite Psalm is 23 and in the first verse, David shares:
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”
God is my provider and covers me with His grace each day. If you are a Christian, you can understand this confidence in the Lord and how He cares for you daily. I shared my views on Psalm 23 in a recent column at Mustard Seed Sentinel.
In I Peter 2:25 (NKJV), Peter shares the following about Jesus, our Shepherd:
“For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
That’s comforting to me. I am a new creation in Christ, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I cannot do this life on my own. Sure, I can do things on my own if I want to continually mess up and take all the wrong turns.
However, if I want to “Imitate me (Paul), just as I also imitate Christ,” [I Cor. 11:1, NKJV], then I can only do that through the Holy Spirit working in me. The Holy Spirit convicts but doesn’t condemn me as a child of God—who has been saved through Christ’s death on the cross, and the gift of God. Yet, I still have my free will, even now that I’m a Christian. I can choose to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit or walk my own way—and risk grieving the Holy Spirit.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” – (Eph. 4:30-31, NKJV)
I do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit. I want to trust His leading to keep me focused on God and His Word and free from sin in my life. I wrote a poem about living under the Shepherd’s care and how that comforts me each day.
Under the shepherd’s care
A silent breeze washes over the green pasture,
where the shepherd roams as he guides
ignorant sheep to greener sustenance.
They trust their shepherd,
these dirty-furred animals do.
Brown wolf with foaming snout
waits behind a red twig dogwood bush,
greedily eyeing the innocent sheep.
A moment will come to trick the sheep
away from their guiding master.
The attack comes quickly!
Shepherd’s rod slashes brown snout.
A defeated whimper fills the air
as the wounded wolf runs for cover.
The Shepherd leads his sheep to
a lusher pasture than before
where white clouds billow
and morning glories bloom—
and the sheep peacefully roam
within the windy gale and boundaries
set by the good and loving shepherd.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.