Sometimes, resting in God can feel impossible. Being stressed is a sign of responsibility. Because stress is a normal result of duty, finding peace in our everyday lives becomes a rare occurrence. Fortunately, God knew that convincing us to cast our cares on Him would be difficult, so he provided powerful role models for us in the Bible. No, I’m not talking about humans; I’m talking about furry four legged creatures and winged fliers. Over the next five weeks, I will be sharing five animals that God uses to teach us about resting in His peace:
First up: Sheep
“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
David, Isaiah, and Jesus all illustrate our relationship with God like that of a shepherd with his sheep. In Psalm 23, David shows God lovingly leading, protecting, and providing for those under His care. As long as the sheep stay behind the shepherd, they are safe and abundantly provided for. When we follow the shepherd, we automatically find ourselves on the path to fulfilling our God given destiny.
Isaiah uses the sheep analogy in the verse above, displaying that God tenderly notices the specific needs of the members of His flock and carries those who are too weak to walk on their own. Jesus takes it a step further in Luke 15:1-7, showing that the Good Shepherd will search for just one lost sheep that strays from the flock. Just like the sheep, God wants a relationship with us where we allow Him to carry, lead, provide, and protect us.