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April 18

The Good Shepherd

“The LORD is my shepherd…” —Psalm 23:1

Read Psalm 23

Perhaps you have seen a shepherd walking with his flock of sheep. I’m sure that you must have seen some paintings depicting the Good Shepherd in a somewhat romantic pastoral scene.

But being a shepherd in biblical times was far from romantic: It was hard work. A shepherd did not carry a staff or some kind of sling shot for nothing. He needed these weapons to ward off wild animals from attacking the sheep.

He also needed this equipment to lead and guide his sheep. In the Middle East, a shepherd led the way for his sheep, in contrast to European shepherds, which herd them from behind. By leading the sheep, the shepherd was able to clear away branches and stones from the path to safely bring his sheep to another grassy meadow.

The Lord Jesus is often compared to a shepherd, giving us a beautiful picture of His care. How wonderful it is to know such a Shepherd, who leads and guides you through life, especially in difficulties. He keeps enemies at a distance; He binds up the wounds of His sheep. Follow Him, even when He leads you in a way you do not want to go. It will be a good and prepared way. You will not have to fight alone against those who seek to make life miserable. His rod and staff will comfort you!

What does the Good Shepherd do?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact:


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