Footsteps in Faith: The shepherd watches over us all

| April 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Ronaldo Pascua
Rear Detachment Chaplain, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division 

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We all experience change with stressful pre-deployments, deployments, post-deployments, permanent changes of station and many other life experiences.

During all this upheaval, our emotions may change from calm to excitement, anticipation to anger, frustration to disappointment and/or fear.

What is the constant throughout all of life’s changes and challenges? The Bible says that it is the Lord. He says, “I do not change.” He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

A popular Psalm reminds us that we are not alone; there is someone always with us. Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” This shepherd does not change. He has always watched over his sheep, and he continues to watch over us today.

The job of the shepherd is to protect and provide for the sheep. The shepherd is constantly watching over the sheep to protect them from harm. The shepherd is always leading the sheep to safe places, so they can rest.

Sheep are defenseless creatures. They do not have a built-in defense system like the skunk, porcupine or lion. Sheep are easily irritable and fearful. They are easy prey. Their only hope for survival and their only means of protection, care and success is their shepherd.

When David wrote Psalm 23, he understood because he was once a shepherd himself. He watched over his sheep and protected them from predators like a bear and a lion. He knew that his sheep’s existence depended on him.

Sometimes we sheep go astray and go our own way. We may experience hardship because of our own actions and bad decisions. Our shepherd may not have chosen that situation for us, but we must understand that he allowed it to happen. He could have stopped it, but he didn’t.

We must remember that “in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” according to Romans 8:28. Also, Genesis 50:20 says he even allows the plans that others intend for evil to accomplish something good.

The Lord, who is our shepherd, loves us and is constantly watching over us. Sometimes, it’s hard for us to see that. We question where God is and wonder if he knows what’s going on in our lives. Our situation may seem overwhelming, but that is the time we need to remind ourselves, “the Lord is my shepherd.”

He knowingly watched that situation come into your life, he knows how much you can take, and he will not allow you to go through anything beyond what you are able handle, according to 1 Corinthians 10:13.

You can make it through any change and any challenge in your life with his help. Just remind yourself, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:13).

 

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