Words from the Heart for Monday June 4th, 2018
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3 (NIV)
The Sheep of His Pasture
It is an awesome blessing to be able to say that the Lord is our God. When we accept Him as our Saviour and Lord, we belong to Him. He made us but also desires us to be His. He is waiting to give us His watchful care as a shepherd who commits Himself to the wellbeing of His sheep.
Canada’s thistle topped the list of problem weeds on pastureland in a survey of Prairie producers. Its notorious prickles can render otherwise grazeable land useless. The deep, creeping roots send new shoots popping up along lengths that extend up to 20 feet, making the weed difficult to control once it takes hold. If carefully managed, rotational grazing may, in itself, be enough to bring a thistle infestation under control. It is certainly the key to maintaining effective thistle control.
Not all pastureland is created equal. As I’ve traveled the world I’ve seen both extremes – lush green pasture land that sustains healthy cows and sheep, and dry, barren scruffy land that hardly produces enough food to keep the poor starving animals alive. In light of this, listen to what Job 33:4 says, “Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” I can only imagine how beautiful God’s pastureland is. He created it, after all, and us, and He wants to bless us with every blessing. His desire is that we would be spiritually rich, having fully feasted on the delicacies of His word and been filled with the living water and the bread of life that is Jesus. So when He says that we are the sheep of His pasture, there both a sense of His ownership and a sense of His provision. As a member of God’s flock, through faith in Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection, you have the assurance that He will make you lie down in green pastures. What a beautiful picture.
These have been words from the heart.