No wonder He calls us Sheep…

My wife, Judy, and I raise sheep on our small ranchette in Northern California.  We give them shots, we shear them, we clean up their feet when they get foot rot, clip their hooves, clean their boils and abscesses… it’s never-ending.   If I haven’t fed them by 6am they stand at the back fence and bellow until I come out.  When the ewes lamb, we have to put them in the barn with the baby for three days so they will bond.  We have to give them a bucket of molasses water to help them get their strength back.  We have to check that the mama has enough milk and if they don’t we have to bottle feed the lamb for a month.  We do all these things for their good, and still they fight us every step of the way.  When I give them their shots, I have to “cast them down” which means that I wrestle them down on their back with their feet up in the air.  When they are in that position, they are completely helpless.

Bet you didn’t know that when you read “Why art thou cast down, O my soul” in Psalm 42:5.  You see, it’s no mystery why God calls us “The sheep of His hand.”  Everything God does for us, He does for our absolute good, and yet most of the time we fight Him every step of the way.  That’s why sometimes He must apply “the rod and the staff,” or even “cast us down” by adverse circumstances, so that we are absolutely helpless.  It is then that the Holy Spirit inspires us to cry “Abba, Father, help us.”  It is then that we come back into the relationship that God desires – one of complete dependence on Him.  You know, we really should listen to Him.  After all, He made the universe. He’s at least a genius…

O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord our God, our Maker.  For he is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.  Today, if you hear His voice, harden not your heart…      Psalm 95:6-8


3 thoughts on “No wonder He calls us Sheep…

  1. I really enjoyed that.
    gives me new perspective on your life and your thinking,
    it’s nice to see spiritual applications in our daily lives, it’s strengthens us as we get through another day. and there’s always the wonderful teaching moments for ourselves and our loved ones.
    excellent. and thanks.


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