Harassed and Helpless

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

 

—Matthew 9:35-38

I am a sheep.

By myself, I don’t know what is best for me.

I might choose green grass to eat –right on the edge of a cliff– without even once understanding the danger.

I can’t fight a wolf.

If a predator comes after me, I must have protection or I will perish.

If I see no water to drink, I may wander aimlessly looking for it.

I am a sheep, but I’m not alone.

I have a Shepherd.

He knows what is best for me.

I must trust Him to guide me.

He chooses what grass I will eat and where I will eat it.

He protects me against my enemies.

There is none who attacks that He cannot stop.

I am a sheep, but I’m not alone.

I have a Shepherd.

Do you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wildlife of the Earth

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Every now and then, a new species of life will be discovered.

A type of fish no one has ever seen, perhaps at great ocean depths.

An insect might be found during a secluded cave exploration that has characteristics far different from anything previously known.

Whatever the discovery, it is only finding what God has known about since the time of its creation.

What is new to us is already known by God.

And what God has made, He knows that it is good….

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Then God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that crawl, and the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.  So God made the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and creatures that crawl on the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

—Genesis 1:24-25

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Poised to Pounce

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Does the tiger in the photo seem like he is poised to pounce on some unsuspecting victim?

I think tigers are beautiful and majestic animals.

Photographing them is especially enjoyable to me.

One thing I know—-never, ever get too close to them.

Why?

Because I know they could attack at any moment.

I have only photographed tigers in captive settings.

If I were in an area where they were free in the wild, I would certainly have to be alert and ready at any time for a possible attack.

As Christians, we need to be alert to the workings of the devil.

Temptations.

Lures toward things that would harm us.

Consider this passage from The Message:

Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.

—1 Peter 5:8-11

We need to keep our guard up every day, choosing paths that lead us away from the wiles of the devil.

God has great plans for us.

I want to see those plans realized, don’t you?

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