Sheep without a Shepherd

Sheep without a Shepherd

Sheep who have no shepherd will die.  The shepherd protects his sheep, keeps his flock intact and leads them to still waters and grassy fields where they can feed.  He keeps watch over them and guards them from predators and thieves.

But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. 34 And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.  (Mk 6:33-34)  The multitudes ran to Jesus, because they heard so much about Him and they wanted to hear what He had to say.  Jesus responded to them with compassion, knowing that they needed a spiritual and moral shepherd.

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.  (Mt 9:36)  Jesus saw that the people were weary and that they were scattered in their beliefs and faith.  He felt concern and yearned to show mercy toward them.

Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!  There is no want to those who fear Him.  10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.  (Ps 34:9-10)  Those who seek the Lord do not lack ANY good thing!  What a promise and what a blessing!

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  (Rom 8:31)  No one can successfully oppose the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.  (Lk 9:11)  Jesus taught the multitudes about the kingdom of God and the love of the Father.  He also healed all of those who needed any form of healing.  Praise God!

We, as the sheep of His pasture (Ps 95:7; 100:3), have the blessings of God’s protection, provision, and leadership.  Glory to God!

Is Your Mouth a Well of Life?

Is Your Mouth a Well of Life?

How are you?  Do you realize how many Scripture verses there are that address the use of the tongue, the mouth, and the lips?  It’s amazing to realize just how many!

The mouth of the righteous is a well of life.  (Proverbs 10:11a)  Wow!  The words that we speak can actually be life-giving.  What a wonderful tool, if only we’ll use it.

Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding.  (Proverbs 10:13a)  “Understanding of what?” you may ask.  I believe this verse means that wisdom is found in the mouth of one who has studied, meditated upon, and understood the Scriptures.

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.  (Proverbs 10:19)  It is wise to be a person of few words.  It is wise to listen before we speak.

The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom.  (Proverbs 10:31a – See also Proverbs 10:21a, 32a)  If we study the Bible and meditate upon it, we will become a wellspring of wisdom. Wisdom will come directly from the heart of God by way of the Scriptures.

Do you see what I mean?  And the above verses are just in the 10th chapter of Proverbs!  Studying the entire Bible will give you many, many more.    But these verses challenge us and teach us.  They teach us what kind of talk we should engage in, and they challenge us to obey these verses and to speak in ways that enrich other peoples’ lives.   

Our lives are enhanced by obedience to God’s Word.  Watch over the words of your mouth to bring wisdom, blessings, and life to yourself, your family, and all those with whom you interact daily.  Try it and see what happens!