Called Back by the Shepherd

One bad thing about sheep is that they have a tendency to stray. They put their heads down and start grazing without watching where they are going. They have such poor sense of direction that they will graze right up to and over a cliff. So if a sheep strays, it's generally in danger. The shepherd has to go out and find it and restore it to the flock.

Arenít we often like that? We simply wander off from our Shepherd. But even though we may stray again and again, when we say, "Lord, forgive me," He brings us safely home" (Ezek. 34:16).

The Bible says, "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way" (Isa. 53:6). But the Word of God also emphasizes that we can be "returned unto the Shepherd" (1 Peter 2:25) ó the eternal, loving God who calls us back to fellowship with Him.

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