When I think of sheep I think of the movie, Babe. The Sheep in that movie were pretty smart, they taught the pig, Babe, how to herd them so they could win a sheep herding competition.
In reality, sheep aren’t the smartest animals. They tend to wander. In fact there is an article over at Challies by Tim Challies entitled, Dumb, Directionless, Defenseless. In it he tells the story of a herd of 1500 sheep in Turkey. One of them walked off the edge of a cliff and the rest of them followed! 400 sheep died and broke the fall of the rest. All because they weren’t being watched by their shepherd.
Sheep need to be guided. They depend on their shepherd for everything. He leads them to the pastures where they can graze and he protects from all threats. Jesus even used them and their wandering in a parable in Luke chapter 15.
Why am I telling you all this?
While looking for what to write about this week. I browsed through my bible for verses I have highlighted and to see if anything stood out to me and this one jumped off the page. Isaiah 53:6.
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.
All we like sheep, have gone astray. We are the sheep and we’ve all wandered off. We’ve all decided to do our own thing. But God put all of our sins on Jesus so he can gather us back into his pasture. That speaks volumes about his relationship with us and his love for us.
I don’t know about you, but there have been many times in my life that I thought I knew exactly what needed to be done. I followed my own guidance. Every time I do it, I end up in a mess. It never works out. However, when I consult Jesus, The Shepherd, he leads me in the right way. You’d think after doing this once I’d learn. Nope. You’d think after doing this twice I’d learn. Nope. You’d think after repeating this mistake several times I’d learn my lesson. The answer again is no.
I’m just like the sheep! I’m not so smart apparently. At least not as smart as I think I am. God always knows better. I’ll never understand why I tend to trust in my own abilities instead of God’s. I just know that it’s humbling when I do it my way and then have to be corrected. I have a feeling we’re all that way. No matter how many times we wander off and are brought back, we still lose site of the Shepherd for a second and we’re off on our own track again.
Every time we wander, The Shepherd is there to go out and find us. He’ll do anything to bring us back into the fold. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted. If you do this, you’ll stay right by the Shepherd’s side.