Words from the Heart for Saturday February 1st, 2020
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 9:36 (NLT)
Despite the fact that Canada has been in the spotlight these past few years, there are still a lot of things about the country that outsiders don’t understand. Aside from common themes like maple syrup, quirky language and Justin Trudeau, Canada, for the most part, remains a mystery to people around the world. In a recent submission on AskReddit, one user asked non-Canadians to disclose what they don’t understand about Canada. In just one day, the thread managed to garner over 20,000 comments.
A few years ago, the Oxford Dictionary added a new word to their lexicon – sheeple. It is classed as a derogatory noun that means “people compared to sheep in being docile, foolish and easily led.” In the Biblical lexicon, people are often referred to as sheep, and it isn’t always in a derogatory way. For example, David refers to the Lord as his shepherd. Only a sheep needs a shepherd, which means that David, even as King, needs a shepherd to lead and guide. The good news is that Jesus wants to be our shepherd. In Matthew 9:36, the apostle says “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” There are many times in our lives when we need someone to give us counsel and guidance. Jesus loves you, and wants to be the One who can give you the leadership that you need. He loves you so much, and knows exactly what you need each and every day. When you need counsel, He draws close. When you need compassion, He pours out His love. Is Jesus your shepherd?
These have been words from the heart.