Our Shepherd - Bible Studies for Life for April 8, 2018
Bible Studies for Life
April 8, 2017
Psalm 23:1-6 (CSB)
America has long been defined by the rugged individual.
It’s the land of opportunity where people from many different parts of the world come, and through hard work, can achieve “the American dream.”
While the concept of the American dream is good in that, in theory, it presupposes that all men and women are created equal and should have the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It also poses some interesting problems for Christians.
While the Bible speaks of each human being as an individual, made in the image of God and responsible for his or her own actions, it also describes the basic natural state of man as fallen.
I personally agree with the classic Winston Churchill quote, “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms.”
While I believe I am blessed to have been born and raised in the best country in the world, I also understand that it is not without its faults and will never be able to afford me true freedom.
Scripture describes true freedom as becoming a slave to God. While this sounds counter intuitive, many of us know it to be true in our lives. When we, as individuals, decrease, the power of Christ increases in our lives, freeing us from sin and our prideful existence.
Psalm 23:1-6 is one of the most well-known passages in all Scripture. As in many other parts of the Bible, Psalm 23 describes the relationship between
the believer and God as that of sheep and a shepherd.
While many of us today know little about animal husbandry, the concept of a sheep following a shepherd is fairly straightforward.
The shepherd knows what the sheep need better than the sheep do. He leads them, sustains them and protects them. Under the guidance of the shepherd, the sheep need nor want nothing.
The American dream is great, but it pales in comparison to the peace that comes from following the Good Shepherd.