today’s daily water is written by Doug Markle of Beloved Lord Ministries
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10:11-15)
As a father, this is one of my favorite images of Jesus. If you come after my family, you will have to go through me. Jesus stands between us and the wolf that wants to attack. As long as we stay in His protection, He stands guard. I was recently in a discussion with one of my children about this and I told her that I would do anything in my power to protect her and the family even if it cost me my life. Because of my love for them, there is no point that I would say, “That is too much. I give up.” and let the attack reach them. If we as earthly parents would do that for our children, how much would our heavenly Savior be willing to do it? Isn’t it comforting to know that our Shepherd will never leave us and that He is more powerful than anything that could possibly attack us?
I would like to point out a side note here. If a sheep wanders away from the shepherd and the flock, it is easy prey for the attacker. If we choose to live in sin and rebellion to His word and His will, we are choosing to walk away from our Shepherd.
When this is viewed in light of the previous verse, it gives a more vivid image of what He wants to provide as our Shepherd. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” He came that we might live in the freedom and joy of knowing that He is the Good Shepherd watching over and protecting us.
Prayer: My Good Shepherd, thank you for your protection and your deliverance from the attacker.