I will listen to what God the Lord will say. – Psalm 85:8, NIV.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters” (Psalm 23:2, NIV).
As a shepherd· leads his sheep through the fields, he has one main thought: I must find a safe drinking place for my flock.
In the area where David tended his sheep, water was very scarce. And often when water was found, the sheep were unable to reach it because the banks along the gullies were too steep.
Another problem encountered by the shepherd was the danger of fast-flowing streams. Sheep are afraid to drink from fast currents, for if they lose their balance and fall into the water, they will most likely drown. Once they lose their footing, the current will carry them down the stream, and there is little the shepherd can do to rescue them. In order to create “still waters” (KJV), the shepherd must find a suitable bend in the stream. There, by blocking it off with a little dam, he creates a quiet pool for the sheep to drink from. Then he calls for the animals to come.
The sheep know their shepherd’s voice and never respond to another shepherd who might be in the area. The animals come in groups and take turns enjoying the water their leader has provided for them.
The sheep know their shepherd’s voice because they have spent time with him. They rely on him for all their needs.
The more time we spend getting to know God through prayer and Bible study, the better able we will be to hear His voice as He speaks to us. And the more we get to know Him, the easier it will be for us to rely on Him for all our needs.
Something to think about: Do you know God’s voice when He speaks to you? Are you listening for it?
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