Our great Shepherd loves every sheep who has gone astray because of testing, trials, hurts and wounds. We never dare to accuse our Shepherd of abandoning us because He still walks beside us and watches over us at all times.
Right now you may be waging a losing war against some sort of temptation or trial. Whatever your struggle, you have determined not to run away from the Lord. You refuse to give yourself over to sin’s grasp and, instead, you have taken God’s Word to heart.
Yet, like David, you have grown weary and come to a point where you feel absolutely helpless. The enemy is flooding you with despair, fear, lies.
Your testing may become even more mystifying and unexplainable. But I want you to know that no matter what you are going through, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you Jehovah Rohi, the Lord your Shepherd. You have a Shepherd who wants to imprint His love upon your heart.
Jesus assures us, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). And our heavenly Father—Jehovah Rohi, the Lord our Shepherd—has revealed Himself to us in Psalm 23. He tells us, “I know you by name, and I know what you are going through. Come, lie down in My grace and love. Don’t try to figure everything out, just accept My love for you and rest in My loving arms. Yes, I am the Lord of hosts and the majestic and holy God. I want you to know all of these revelations about Me. But the one revelation I want you to have right now is the revelation of Jehovah Rohi. I want you to know Me as your loving, caring Shepherd. And I want you to rest assured that I will bring you through all your trials, in My tenderness and love.”
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so I know the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:14-15).
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon