The Lord is Our Shepherd: We Lack Nothing We Need

Introduction

Our previous Newsletter detailed the meaning of the term `shepherd` and how it relates to Jesus Christ, the Shepherd, and Bishop of our Souls (1Pet 2:25). In this Week´s edition, the question of why many believers lack what they need is presented.

Lacking Nothing

Believers´ confession that they lack nothing is based on the premise that God is the source of our needs and that because of His love for us, He would continually supply our basic needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Php 4:19). God mentions that silver and gold are His (Hag 2: 8). In simple terms, God being the Father of believers knows how to take care of His children. With this knowledge, David writes “The LORD is the one who is shepherding me; I lack nothing” (Psa 23: 1, ISV). The Lord God demands only our full obedience and action. Because of God believers do not lack love, security, peace, and joy, among others.

Why Believers Lack

In most cases, Christians have failed to clearly define themselves. Their self -identities are blurred to them so they do not know what they represent. They fail to recognize their distinct characteristics that make them unique persons. Strengthening one´s knowledge about himself/herself is a recipe for earning a daily living. People should be able to tell and show what and who they are so that they could be called upon for their refreshing and well-endowed gifts and abilities. To comprehend who you really are, you may ask yourself the following questions:

  • What am I known for?
  • What do I represent?
  • What is/are my content (s) or deposit (s)?

David knew who he was when he told himself that he was physically strong and handsome (Psa 139:14, 1Sam 17:32-37). He knew how he could chase out lions and kill them. He knew that by virtue of his strength, he can defeat Goliath and he did it. Other people underestimated his ability but because he knew himself, he insisted on his capabilities and proved himself a mighty man of valor (1Sam 17:1-58). Knowing who you are and having a clear vision is a key to providing you with your needs because it would make you more productive.

Conclusion

The Lord God has promised His children His continual support and provision of daily needs but these do not automatically come from nowhere. We are supposed to play a part by believing in God absolutely and by discovering those abilities He has deposited in us, and making use of them for our advantage.

Prayer: Holy and Faithful Father, we thank you for always supplying us with our needs daily. We ask that you guide us to identify ourselves; our gifts and abilities so as to maximize them for your glory. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!

 

 

The Lord, Our Shepherd

Introduction

A shepherd provides leadership to the flock, especially, sheep. This shepherd is a guide and a trusted individual to the flock. S/he is to identify the needs of the flock and support them accordingly. It is important for any country, community, or individuals to have a trusted leadership over them. In the Christian faith, the shepherds are supposed to provide spiritual oversight to the faithful believers. This is the intention of God to his church as presented below.

And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD (Jer 23:4). Jehovah is my Shepherd; I shall not want (Psa 23:1, MKJV).

It is literally understood that a shepherd is the one who takes care of sheep. In many instances, the people of God are called sheep (Num 27:17, 1Ki 22:17, 2Ch 18:16, Mat 9:36, Mar 6:34). Sheep are feeble animals that need daily instruction or guidance and protection from their shepherd. David sees Himself a helpless sheep who requires guidance and protection from a trusted shepherd or the Lord his God. Being a shepherd himself, he finds no best shepherd than Jesus.

David affirms that the Lord, being his shepherd, would provide him all he needs. He does not mean “wants” but “needs”. This is rightly put “Yahweh is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing” (Psa 23:1, WEB) that I need. We shall always be in want since human wants are insatiable. We have a God who provides us with our daily needs; food and drink, security, clothing, and shelter, among others.

According to Jeremiah, like David, a shepherd should be able to feed the flock, protect them from threat and fear and seeks to provide for them.

In the Bible, the use of the word “shepherd” also refers to a pastor or spiritual overseer (Psa 80:1, Ecc 12:11, Isa 40:4, Isa 63:14. Jesus is spoken of as the:

  • The Shepherd and Bishop of your souls (1Pt 2:25).
  • Good Shepherd (Joh 10:14)
  • The One Shepherd (Eze 34:23, Eze 37: 24, Joh 10:16)
  •  Chief Shepherd (1Pe 5:4)
  • Great Shepherd (Heb 13:20)

As believers, the knowledge of the nature of the shepherd we have should remove all fears and uncertainties from us. Jesus, being our spiritual leader, feeds us with Himself and heals us of our wounds and comforts us in painful moments. Our great and chief Shepherd feeds us with green pasture (which is Himself). Jesus, our Senior Pastor, calls us to Himself, pardons us and heals our wounds and gives us comfort, hope, and assurance of a better future.

Conclusion

Jesus, the Bishop of our souls, is very dependable and caring. He provides all our daily needs. He sustains us and carries us on His shoulders when we are weak. He is that Shepherd who died for His sheep and is now alive for them.

Prayer: Lord God, our selfless and Good Shepherd, may you continually guard and guide us through this life, as you exchange your strength for our weaknesses. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!