January 21 we are looking at the coronation of King David. God called him to be the shepherd of his people. As a young boy he worked as a shepherd for his father. David knew how to shepherd sheep. He had cared for them since he was a young boy. He had to fight off lions and bears to keep the sheep safe. He knew well how to shepherd sheep. Now God was asking him to shepherd his people. And people are much more complicated than sheep. Sheep are much more loyal than people. They are easy to care for. You just need to feed them and bring them to some water and keep them safe. They are docile. They don’t vie for power. They know their place. They are sheep.
The one thing sheep have in common with people, however, is their tendency to wander away. They keep their head down and eat and they can wander off away from the shepherd and into disastrous situations. As with sheep, we are prone to wander and we need a shepherd. And we need to know in the deep, dark valleys of our lives how to allow Jesus, the good shepherd to lead beside quiet waters.
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