God, Our Gentle Shepherd

“He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.”

Isaiah 40:11

Ponder This

We’re the flock, the Lord’s the Shepherd. He shall gather the lambs with His arms. He shall carry them in His bosom. He shall gently lead those that are with young. Isn’t that great? Aren’t you glad the Lord is so tender to us? Aren’t you glad God gives us what we need and do not deserve? Has He ever carried you closely? He takes little baby Christians; those are the lambs. They don’t know anything yet. They come down the aisle and give their hearts to Jesus. We are wrong to put them through a theological test. We are wrong to say, “Now, you can’t do that; you must do this; and why did you fail?” Jesus doesn’t do that. Do you know what Jesus does for the little lambs? He picks them up. He carries them closely. When I was a little lamb, thank God, He carried me. If He hadn’t, I never would have made it. He didn’t just say, “Get yourself together.” He is a compassionate and caring Shepherd who carries us gently.

  • When has another follower of Jesus led you gently in your faith?
  • When have you allowed correctness to distract you from grace?

Practice This

Think about the last person you critiqued. Were you, like Jesus, tender and compassionate toward him or her? Pray and repent for those areas of your sin.

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