A Thought Concerning our Shepherd

19 Aug

We have been reading a book called “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23” by Phillip Keller.  We have read this book many times.  It is written by an experienced shepherd that became a pastor.  We highly recommend this book.  This is a thought that encouraged us…

“A point worthy of mention here is that whenever the shepherd opens a gate into fresh pasture the sheep are filled with excitement.  As they go through the gate even the staid old ewes will often kick up their heels and leap with delight at the prospect of finding fresh feed.  How they enjoy being led onto new ground….God wants us all to move on with Him.  He wants us to walk with Him.  He wants it not only for our welfare but for the benefit of others as well as His own dear reputation.  Perhaps there are those who think He expects too much of us.  Maybe they feel the demands are too drastic.  Some may even consider His call impossible to carry out.  It would be if we had to depend on self determination, or self discipline to succeed.  But if we are in earnest about wanting to do His will, and to be led, He makes this possible by His own gracious Spirit who is given to those who obey (Acts 5:32).  For it is He who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).”

We hope that this section of this book, as it highlights what those of us who are not shepherds might not fully understand about that imagery in the Bible, has encouraged you as it did us.  We feel that He has led our family to the new pastures of Costa Rica.  We are thrilled to follow His lead.   We only can be this way because we are leaning on Him and letting Him be our guide and our source for all our needs, our Great Shepherd.  We are trying to do our best to be diligent and wise with our decision making.  We are seeking to do His will and to bring Him glory.  That is all.  Please continue to pray for us.  That we would be humble sheep that glorify God.


Posted by on August 19, 2008 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “A Thought Concerning our Shepherd

  1. jen

    August 19, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    i have enjoyed the blog and the pictures. i am encouraged by it all. praise the Lord for technology to allow us to see into your world.
    i love you all.
    jen thompson

  2. Martha Bishop

    August 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you for posting that. It put into words what I was feeling could not express. I am praying for you guys and I’m so happy with how God is moving through your lives.

    Take care and tell Benjamin and Lizzy that I missed them so much these past two Sunday mornings. I send my hugs.



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